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Tennis Hosting Pac-12 Opponents Friday & Sunday

Mar 19, 2015

BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's tennis team looks to break a four-match losing streak this Friday against No. 46 Washington at the South Campus Tennis Facility.

First serve begins with doubles at 1:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Buffs (9-6, 0-4 Pac-12) will host No. 60 Oregon at the South Campus Tennis Facility at 10 a.m.

The No. 56 nationally ranked Buffaloes are playing their third and fourth match of a five-match homestand. CU will close five in a row at home next Sunday against Washington State at 10 a.m.

The Buffs, ranked No. 56 in the country, fell nine spots from last week, enter their fifth straight week nationally ranked among the Top 75 teams.  They have lost all four of their conference matches to nationally ranked opponents (No. 7, No. 10, No. 24, No. 50).  CU has also fell in five of its last six, after starting the spring season with an 8-1 record, its best start since 1997.

Junior Alex Aiello and sophomore Nuria Ormeno Ruiz lead the team with nine spring singles victories each.

Among the nation's Top 25 teams in the Pac-12, California is highest at No. 3, followed by UCLA (No. 5), USC (No. 7), Stanford (No. 10), Arizona State (No. 19).  Washington is No. 46, followed by CU (No. 56), Oregon (No. 60).

The Huskies (9-4, 1-0) have won six straight, its longest regular-season winning-streak since 2010. UW is under the direction of first-year head coach Robin Stephenson, who is the second youngest coach in the Pac-12. 

Julija Lukac currently boasts a 10-match winning streak and has not dropped a single set since losing at Hawaii on Jan. 18 while Capucine Gregoire has won six straight.

Washington leads the all-time series against CU, 8-3 and holds a 3-0 edge in Pac-12 Conference matches.

On Sunday, CU will host the Ducks, who are nationally ranked for three-consecutive weeks for the first time since April of 2013. CU leads the series, 10-7 against Oregon, however trails 2-1 in conference play. The Buffs took a 5-2 win over the Ducks the last time they played in Boulder (Mar. 29, 2013).

Oregon (7-4, 1-0) will play it second conference match on the season at Utah on Friday, and have won six of its last eight matches.

Oregon is led by Marlou Kluiving, who has won 12-straight singles matches and is 11-0 in dual play at No. 4, while Nicole Long has won eight-straight singles matches in dual play at No. 3. Nia Rose and Alyssa Tobita each have won 20 matches so far this season, good for 5th all-time in Oregon single-season history.