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Colorado Sweeps Wyoming

Feb 13, 2021

BOULDER – The University of Colorado women's tennis team defeated Wyoming, 7-0, here Saturday afternoon to remain undefeated at home this season.
"We're happy about today, a little up and down in doubles, but at the end we were able to get back to our aggressive ways and come up with the wins," said head coach Danielle Steinberg. "We didn't get a lot of rhythm during the match, but we were able to keep calm and do what we need to do to maintain our momentum. Like I say every week, we just want to get better every week. I think we did that today. We have a big weekend coming up with BYU coming here and us going to Denver. Those are two great opportunities for us to play high level teams, so I'm hoping to have a good week of practice and be ready for Friday."
The Buffs (4-1) cruised to a 3-0 lead early after taking the doubles point with wins in the No.1 and No.2 doubles matches, then taking the No.1 and No.2 singles matches. The final point was clinched by Antonia Balzert in a tough fought No.3 singles match, 7-6(1), 7-6(7)
Sophomore Sophia Derivan improved to 10-0 this season in combined singles and doubles matches after defeating Maria Oreshkina 6-1, 6-3 in the No.2 singles match. Her undefeated doubles partner Sara Nayar took the No.1 match against Sophie Zehender 6-4, 6-3. The two defeated Oreshkina and Lucia Malinak in the No.1 doubles match by a score of 6-3.
"I don't even think she knows that (she's 10-0)," said Steinberg on Derivan's success. "She came back from winter break focused and doing the right things and we all know how talented she is. It's just a matter of her getting her mindset right, showing up every day to practice and she has been doing it and obviously the results follow."
Balzert battled hard in the No.3 singles match against Ana Fernandez, taking the first set 7-6(1) before battling to another tiebreaker in the second set. Down 3-0, Balzert closed the gap to 4-2 before tying it up at all five points all. She faced set point at 6-5 before rallying off two-straight points to set up match point. She ended up clinching the match 9-7 with a service ace.
"Toni's been working really hard to get back to feeling good on the court and for her to get a win this close, it's massive for her confidence," said Steinberg. "She could have easily checked out late in the first set, late in the second set, but she kept with it and kept fighting and that's how you get confidence."
The onslaught continued as Megan Forster took the No.4 singles match by a score of 6-4, 6-0 against Noesika Brink and Fleur Eggink won the No.5 singles match against Malinak 7-5, 6-0.
The final match had Ecton against Alyse Cormier, with Ecton taking the first set 6-2 and following it up with a 6-3 second set.
Colorado returns to action next weekend when it hosts BYU Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. before heading to Denver Sunday, Feb. 21 at 9 a.m.
1. Sara Nayar (COLO) def. Zehender, Sophie (WYO) 6-4, 6-3
2. Sophia Derivan (COLO) def. Oreshkina, Maria (WYO) 6-1, 6-3
3. Antonia Balzert (COLO) def. Fernandez, Ana (WYO) 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (9-7)
4. Megan Forster (COLO) def. Brink, Noesjka (WYO) 6-4, 6-0
5. Fleur Eggink (COLO) def. Malinak, Lucia (WYO) 7-5, 6-0
6. Ky Ecton (COLO) def. Cormier, Alyse (WYO) 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 2,1,3,4,5,6
1. Sara Nayar/Sophia Derivan (COLO) def. Oreshkina, Maria/Malinak, Lucia (WYO) 6-3
2. Fleur Eggink/Ky Ecton (COLO) def. Fernandez, Ana/Zehender, Sophie (WYO) 7-5
3. Krause, Ida/Kaftanova, Mihaela (WYO) def. Megan Forster/Maria Campos (COLO) 7-6 (7-4)
Order of finish: 1,2,3