Buffs Heading To LA
BOULDER – Colorado women's tennis is heading to Los Angeles to take on No.21 USC on Friday at 2:30 p.m. followed by taking on No.5 UCLA Saturday at 1 p.m. The match against New Mexico set for Wednesday at 11 has been canceled due to travel concerns.
The No.47-ranked Buffs (7-4, 1-2 Pac-12) are coming off of a pair of sweeping losses against Stanford and Oregon. The team has been without sophomore standout Sophia Derivan who leads the team with a .875 winning percentage in singles at 7-1. Megan Forster has a team-high eight wins with an 8-3 record, while Maria Campos is second with a 7-3 record.
Colorado has struggled to secure doubles point this season, winning six of 11 possible tries. The only combos above .500 in win percentage this season are Derivan and Sara Nayar at 6-1 and Nayar with Fleur Eggink at 2-1. CU has tried out eight different combinations at doubles this season.
SCOUTING THE TROJANS
The Trojans are 7-5 this season including a season opening 4-1 win against Denver. Three of the team's losses are to Pepperdine with the other two coming 6-1 against UCLA and 4-3 to Washington State. USC has a 4-3 victory over Washington and have blowout wins over Saint Mary's, Cal State Fullerton, Hawaii, San Diego and Oklahoma State.
USC is led by Angela Kulikov who is ranked 22nd in the nation. Eryn Cayetano is ranked 48th in the nation while teammate Naomi Cheong is ranked 103 and 10th in the newcomer list. Kulikov and Cayetano are ranked 12th in the nation in doubles.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS
UCLA is littered with talent with the top-ranked doubles team and five individuals ranked. UCLA is 8-3 this season with a 4-2 loss to Texas, 4-3 loss to Cal and 4-3 loss to Pepperdine. They also swept Cal, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and San Diego. They boast 6-1 wins against USC, Washington State and Washington. They also have 4-2 win against Pepperdine.
The Bruins have two individuals in the top-10 in the nation with Abbey Forbes at seven and Elysia Bolton at nine. Jada Hart is ranked 19th while Sasha Vagramov is 113 and Vanessa Ong is 119 and ninth in the newcomer polls. Bolton and Hart are the top-ranked doubles team in the nation.