Buffaloes Host Washington Schools
BOULDER – The University of Colorado women's tennis program hosts Washington at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Washington State at 11 a.m. Sunday, both at the South Campus Tennis Complex.
The Buffs (7-8, 1-4 Pac-12) are on a six-match losing streak and host both Washington schools that were ranked by the ITA last week. The Huskies (9-6, 1-5 Pac-12) have also struggled in conference but have a win over the Cougars (10-8, 2-4 Pac-12) while Washington State has wins over USC and Utah.
Colorado is coming off a pair of losses to UC-Santa Barbara and San Francisco, possibly the final two non-conference matches for the Buffs this season. CU was tied at two apiece against the Gauchos but lost 5-2 and fell 4-1 against the Dons.
Megan Forster leads the team with a 9-3 record in singles, including a 6-1 record when playing in No.4 singles matches. She is joined by Maria Campos who is 9-5 with wins in the four final singles positions. Colorado is winning more than 52 percent of its singles matches this season.
In doubles play, Sara Nayar is 9-4 with Sophia Derivan and Fleur Eggink, playing mostly with Eggink in the past few matches. Derivan is 7-4 in doubles play but has a 1-3 record since returning from injury. Colorado has won 69 percent of their No.1 doubles matches but just 28 percent in the No.2 matches and 40 percent in the No.3 doubles matches.
Fans are permitted to attend the events out at the CU South Campus Tennis Complex but are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Washington started out the season with seven-straight wins before facing Baylor and losing 4-3. Since that loss the team is 2-6 with wins against Arizona and Portland. UW's top line is impressive with No.52-ranked Vanessa Wong at 14-2 in the No.1 singles position followed by Sedona Gallagher owning a 13-3 record in singles play and Sarah-Maude Fortin at 11-4. Wong and Gallagher had a 5-1 doubles record this season.
SCOUTING THE COUGS
Washington State has been up and down all season but has key wins against Gonzaga, USC, Utah and Arizona. The Cougs most recently fell 6-1 to Stanford and 4-3 to Cal. WSU has a busy week before making it to Boulder with matches against BYU Thursday, Utah Friday, CU Sunday and Denver Monday.
Michaela Bayerlova is ranked 86th in the nation and ironically has an 8-6 record. Savanna Ly-Nguyen leads the team with a 13-2 record, mostly from the No.5 position, while Melisa Ates is 11-5 from the No.5/6 spots. Pang Jittakoat and Fifa Kumhom own a 10-7 doubles record while Ates and Yang Lee are 10-5.