Denver Outlasts Colorado
DENVER – In a wild finish on Sunday morning, Denver sealed the win over Colorado women's tennis, 4-3 at Denver Tennis Park, as the Buffaloes failed to capitalize on their last-minute comeback.
"Heck of a battle today," said head coach Danielle Steinberg. "Didn't have the best day in doubles but I'm very proud of the way we bounced back in singles. 4-6 spots played tough tennis today, probably their best match since the season started. At 1, Sara played a great match and just came up short at the end – but it was a high level of tennis throughout and I am proud of her battle out there."
Improving their season record to 4-3, Denver edged Colorado late, as the Buffaloes' season record falls to 5-2. Denver's dominance in the doubles matches proved to be the deciding factor, as they swept Colorado 3-0 to win the doubles point. Hada Chang and Anna Riedmiller got Denver off to a hot start, as they won match No.2 doubles over Ky Ecton and Fleur Eggink convincingly by a score of 6-1.
Denver continued their early dominance in No.1 doubles match, as Britt Pursell and Camille V-Anderson won the point, taking down Sophia Derivan and Sara Noyer for the first time this season, 6-4. Taylor Melville and Toni Nelson capped off the phenomenal doubles play for Denver, as they outlasted Maria Campos and Megan Forster in match No.3 doubles 7-5.
In the beginning of the singles matches, Denver seemed to be running away with the win, as Riedmiller made quick work of Derivan in match No.2 singles 6-1, 6-1. Now working with a 2-0 lead, Denver kept its foot on the gas, as Pursell won the No.3 singles match in straight sets, besting Antonia Balzert 6-0, 6-4.
The following matches are where Colorado started gaining some momentum. Eggink got the Buffs on the board in the No.6 singles match, beating Nelson in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. Campos then gave Colorado some life, earning the team's second point and cutting the deficit to 3-2. Campos topped Chang in the No.5 singles match by a score of 6-2, 6-3. Earning the Buffaloes' third consecutive point and tying the score at three apiece, Forster had a timely win in straight sets in the No.4 singles match, defeating V-Anderson 6-2, 7-6 (0).
In what proved to be a winner-take-all match between Melvile and Nayar, both women left it all on the court. Melvile was able to hold on for Denver, winning a nail-biting No.1 singles match by a score of 5-7, 7-6 (9), 6-2. Denver was able to bounce back after surrendering a 3-0 lead, winning the match 4-3.
Colorado visits Air Force Friday at 5:00 PM MT.
- Taylor Melvile (DEN) def. Sara Nayar (COLO) 5-7, 7-6 (11-9), 6-2
- Anna Riedmiller (DEN) def. Sophia Derivan (COLO) 6-1, 6-1
- Britt Pursell (DEN) def. Antonia Balzert (COLO) 6-0, 6-4
- Megan Forster (COLO) def. Camille V-Anderson (DEN) 6-2, 7-6 (7-0)
- Maria Campos (COLO) def. Hada Chang (DEN) 6-2, 6-3
- Fleur Eggink (COLO) def. Toni Nelson (DEN) 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 6, 5, 4, 1
- Britt Pursell/Camille V-Anderson (DEN) def. Sophia Derivan/Sara Nayar (COLO) 6-4
- Hada Chang/Anna Riedmiller (DEN) def. Ky Ecton/Fleur Eggink (COLO) 6-1
- Taylor Melville/Toni Nelson (DEN) def. Maria Campos/Megan Forster (COLO) 7-5
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3