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Colorado Set For Pair Of Matches

Feb 17, 2021

BOULDER — The University of Colorado women's tennis team hosts BYU Friday at 2 p.m. before heading on the road to take on Denver Sunday morning at 9 a.m.

Colorado (4-1) will host BYU (6-1) Friday afternoon and the Cougars roll into town with only a loss to Cal Poly in a 6-1 affair. BYU boasts wins over Weber State, Dixie State twice, Fresno State, Sacramento State and Boise State, the final of which was the only team to score two points on the team besides Cal Poly. The Cougars then take on Denver (3-3) who started the season with a loss to USC (4-1) and Wisconsin (4-3), before defeating Air Force, Utah State and Kansas by a combined score of 17-4. Denver's last match was a 4-2 loss to Kansas State on the road.

The Buffs continue to be led by sophomore Sophia Derivan who is 10-0 in combined singles and doubles play. She and the rest of the Buffaloes have won 80 percent of their singles matches with Antonia Balzert, Megan Forster, Sara Nayar all with a 4-1 individual record. The Buffs are winning two-thirds of their doubles matches, led by Nayar and Derivan's 5-0 record.

BYU is led by the doubles duo of Leah Heimuli and Kara Lin with a 5-1 record. Emilee Astle and Helen Jiao are also 4-1 for the Cougars. Heimuli is 5-1 in singles, while Madeline Almeida Wanlass is 4-0. Nobody on the team has more than two losses individually.

For Denver, Anna Reidmiller leads the team with a 5-1 individual record, while Toni                  Nelson is 4-1. The Pioneers have experimented with seven different doubles lineups this season, with only Hada Chang and Taylor Melville competing in more than three matches.