Colorado Hosts #12 Cal and Two-Time Defending National Champion Stanford
BOULDER — Colorado women's tennis kicks off Pac-12 conference matches this week with two of the top teams in the conference, No-12-ranked Cal and No.28-ranked Stanford, this Friday at 1:30 and Sunday at 10 a.m. if indoors and 11 a.m. if outdoors. Both matches are tentatively scheduled at the South Campus Courts.
Colorado athletics will permit 80 fans total at the South Campus Courts. Priority will be given to the friends and family designated by the student-athletes per NCAA rule.
The Buffaloes (6-2) successfully defeated Air Force after tripping up against the team the year before. Colorado is also coming off of a 4-3 loss to Denver, who is now ranked 46th in the nation.
Colorado is set for the upset with five players with six or more singles wins this season, led by Sophia Derivan and Megan Forster with 7-1 records. Maria Campos is 6-1, while Fleur Eggink and Sara Nayar are 6-2. Both Eggink and Forster have won five-straight.
The doubles teams have mixed things up recently with Forster and Antonia Balzert playing together in the No.3 doubles match while Campos and Eggink played together in the No.2 match. Both duos teams played together for the first time against Air Force and both picked up wins. Nayar and Derivan lead the team at the No.1 doubles position with a 6-1 record.
Weather for Friday is set at around 53 degrees and sunny with little-to-no wind, setting up the first outdoor match of the season in Boulder. Sunday's morning match will start out around 50 degrees and work up with a slight 5 mile per hour breeze, still good enough for outdoor CU tennis. For more up-to-date information follow the CU Women's Tennis team on Twitter and be sure to check Sunday morning for updated match times.
The Golden Bears (6-1) have only a loss against No.6 UCLA by way of a 4-0 sweep but have since returned the favor by upsetting the Bruins 4-3 just a month later. Cal also has a win against No.47 Washington State. Cal has two doubles teams ranked and three individuals, but the ITA hasn't updated those numbers since preseason so they are bit outdated.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
Stanford women's tennis is the two-time defending national champion, but that is about it for the Cardinal this season as they just started play with the first match against Santa Clara on Feb. 26. The Cardinal started preseason with four ranked individuals and two doubles teams. Stanford hasn't lost a point with 7-0 sweeps of Santa Clara and UC Davis.