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Women's Tennis Seeded No. 6, Plays No. 11 KU

Apr 26, 2005

BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's tennis team begins its second season Thursday, April 28 as the No. 6 seed at the Big 12 Conference Tournament and will play No. 11 seed Kansas beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the University of Texas, Penick-Alison Tennis Center. 

The Buffaloes (10-11, 5-6 Big 12) have won three of their last four matches, including their April 16 match at Kansas, 5-2. Since 2000, the CU women are 4-1 in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament and in the nine-year history the women have reached the final once where they lost to top-seeded Texas after entering the tourney as the No. 3 seed.

The Jayhawks (4-16, 3-8) have lost seven straight and haven't won a match since knocking off and upsetting both Oklahoma schools back on March 18 and 19 on the road.

KU has dominated the series with CU holding a 22-11 advantage since 1979, however the Buffs have won the last four in a row and seven of the last nine.

The winner of the CU/KU match will play No. 31 ranked and No. 3 seed Nebraska in the Big 12 quarterfinals on Friday at 5 p.m. 

CU is led by a pair of freshmen who have won the most matches this year. Veera Nurmi and Gleisy Torres Torres have won 18 and 17 matches, respectively for the No. 62 nationally ranked Buffaloes. Two freshmen have never led the women in wins for a year and the last freshman to lead CU was Dominique Lemperle, who won 22 matches during the 1999-2000 season.

All in all, six CU women have won 15 or more matches this year, a first since the 1997-98 season.

After Nurmi and Torres Torres, senior Kendra Strandemo and sophomore Martina Sedivec have 16 victories, followed by junior Jessica Vanderdys and sophomore and Lynzee Kever with 15 each.

In doubles, Strandemo/Vanderdys are the No. 57 nationally ranked doubles team according to the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. The No. 1 tandem has 13 victories, followed by Kever and Jenny Hanson with 12.