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Women's Tennis Enters Spring No. 55 Nationally; Three Players Also Ranked

Jan 16, 2006

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BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's tennis team will enter the spring season as the No. 55th nationally ranked school in addition to a school-first, three singles players ranked among the top-100 in the first spring ranking announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).


           The CU women open the spring this Wednesday, Jan. 18 against the United States Air Force Academy. The Buffaloes are 7-0 in the series having won each year against the Falcons since 2001. The match begins at 4 p.m. at the Harvest House, Millennium Hotel.


Individually, the Buffaloes enter the spring with three women ranked among the top-100 with senior Jessica Vanderdys, sophomore Veera Nurmi and freshman Monica Milewski.


            Vanderdys begins the spring as the No. 39 ranked player and is coming off her best fall campaign where she won 10 of 13 singles matches.  She defeated four ranked players and reached the semifinals of the Wilson/ITA Central Regional last October. The senior from Centreville, Va., returns as the most experienced singles and doubles player on the team ranking No. 17 on the school's singles victories list (61) and fourth in doubles wins (55).


            Milewski, a freshman from Park Ridge, Ill. enters the spring with her first collegiate singles ranking at No. 56. She won nine of 12 matches that included a quarterfinal appearance at the Wilson/ITA Central Regional last October.


            Nurmi, a sophomore from Lahti, Finland inherits her first ITA national ranking of the spring at No. 84. Nurmi won nine fall matches in 13 attempts and at one time won five straight. In the biggest fall tournament of the season, she advanced to the Round of 16 at the Wilson/ITA Central Regional.


"I am very proud with how our entire team worked in the fall and the fruits of their hard work showed with three of the girls starting the spring season nationally ranked," said seven-year head coach Nicole Kenneally. "I believe it may be the first time in history we have had three players ranked in the top-100, so that is a great accomplished and we are looking forward to seeing who the fourth will be."


CU is also one of eight Big 12 Conference schools ranked among the top-75 schools.