Buffs Downed By Cyclones
AMES, Iowa – Colorado women's tennis suffered its first loss of the season in a 6-1 loss to Iowa State here Saturday afternoon.
The Buffaloes (2-1) dropped the first five points of the match against the Cyclones (3-0) before sophomore Sophia Derivan made a miraculous comeback in the No.2 singles match to give its only point.
Iowa State took the double point, despite Sara Nayar and Derivan improving to 3-0 this season with a 6-2 victory in the No.1 doubles match. Fleur Eggink and Ky Ecton fell in the No.2 match 6-3, then Maria Campos and Megan Forster were defeated in the No.3 match 6-1.
The Cyclones came out the gate swinging with a quick 6-0 set victory in the No.5 match with Chie Kezuka taking the set against Campos. They took the first set in five of the six matches by a score of 6-3 or better, including in the No.1 match with Nayar against Thasaporn Naklo, 6-3. Derivan fell in the No.2 singles first set 6-1 against Maty Cancini, Forster fell to Miska Kadleckova 6-3 in the No.4 match and Eggink fell to Sofia Cabezas in the first set of the No.6 match, 6-1.
Colorado began to pick up momentum in the second sets, but Iowa State took the second point of the match with a 6-0, 6-1 loss for Campos in the No.5 match. Balzert also lost her first set 6-4, but Nayar, Derivan and Eggink all picked up games in their second sets to close the gap.
Iowa State closed in on the win as Forster fell to Kadleckova 6-3, 6-0 in the No.4 singles match. The match was clinched in the No.6 match with Eggink falling 6-1, 6-2.
The match continued with Nayar up 4-3 in the second set in the No.1 singles match and Derivan up 5-4 in the No.2 second set as Balzert fell in the No.3 match 6-4, 6-2.
Nayar battled back to take the second set in the No.1 singles match 6-4. Derivan took the second set in her match 6-4, then won the set with a 10-3 proset tiebreaker. Nayar dropped the final set in the No.1 match with a 10-6.
The Buffs return home for a long eight-match streak in the Centennial state. The team hosts Utah State Feb. 7, then hosts Wyoming and BYU the following consecutive weekends before going to Denver, Air Force and CSU. Colorado opens Pac-12 play at home against Cal on March 7.
1. Naklo, Thasaporn (ISU) def. Sara Nayar (COLO) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
2. Sophia Derivan (COLO) def. Cancini, Maty (ISU) 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-3)
3. Hsieh, Christin (ISU) def. Antonia Balzert (COLO) 6-4, 6-2
4. Kadleckova, Miska (ISU) def. Megan Forster (COLO) 6-3, 6-0
5. Kezuka, Chie (ISU) def. Maria Campos (COLO) 6-0, 6-1
6. Cabezas, Sofia (ISU) def. Fleur Eggink (COLO) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 6, 3, 2, 1
1. Sara Nayar/Sophia Derivan (COLO) def. Naklo, Thasaporn/Kadleckova, Miska (ISU) 6-2
2. Cabezas, Sofia/Hsieh, Christin (ISU) def. Ky Ecton/Fleur Eggink (COLO) 6-3
3. Cancini, Maty/Chang, Ting-Pei (ISU) def. Maria Campos/Megan Forster (COLO) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2