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Buffs Drop Opening Match To Notre Dame

Jan 29, 2022

MALIBU, Calif. – Colorado women's tennis program fell to Notre Dame, 4-1, in the opening round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend here Saturday afternoon. The team will play Columbia Sunday morning at 11 a.m. MT in the consolation match.
 
The Buffs (0-1) dropped the doubles point in the first dual of head coach Anthony Pham's career after falling 6-2 in the No.1 doubles match with Antonia Balzert and Caroline Pozo losing to Maria Castedo and Page Freeman. Colorado lost the point with a 6-3 loss in the No.2 doubles match as Carrie Beckman and Julia Andreach defeating Megan Forster and Mila Stanojevic.
 
Moving to singles, true freshman Mila Stanojevic extended her win streak to nine-straight with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Yashna Yellayi in the No.4 singles match.
 
Though the win pulled CU even with the Fighting Irish, it turned out to be the only match the Buffs were able to pick up. Megan Forster dropped the No.2 singles match 7-5, 6-1 before Nibedita Ghosh took a close 7-5 first set against Betina Tokac and then swept the second 6-0 to give Notre Dame a 3-1 lead. The final match point came from the No.1 singles match where Julia Adreach defeated Caroline Pozo 6-3 in the first set then won a tiebreaker second set 7-6 (7-2) to seal the win.
 
Colorado was able to pick up one other set as Antonia Balzert took the first et off Carrie Beckman in the No.3 singles match 7-5, but was trailing 5-3 when the match was decided. Ellen Puzak was also trailing a set to Maria Castedo in the No.6 singles match 7-6, 4-1 when it was abandoned.
 
The Buffs look to pick up the first dual win of the season tomorrow against Columbia who was swept by No.7 Pepperdine today.
 
RESULTS
 
Notre Dame 4, Colorado 1
 
Singles competition
1. Andreach, Julia (ND) def. Pozo, Caroline (CU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
2. Freeman, Page (ND) def. Forster, Megan (CU) 7-5, 6-1
3. Beckman, Carrie (ND) vs. Balzert, Antonia (CU) 5-7, 5-3, unfinished
4. Stanojevic, Mila (CU) def. Yellayi, Yashna (ND) 6-0, 6-3
5. Ghosh, Nibedita (ND) def. Tokac, Betina (CU) 7-5, 6-0
6. Castedo, Maria (ND) vs. Puzak, Ellen (CU) 7-6, 4-1, unfinished
 
Doubles competition
1. Castedo, Maria/Freeman, Page (ND) def. Balzert, Antonia/Pozo, Caroline (CU) 6-2
2. Beckman, Carrie/Andreach, Julia (ND) def. Forster, Megan/Stanojevic, Mila (CU) 6-3
3. Coleman, Meghan/Yellayi, Yashna (ND) vs. Ecton, Ky/Tokac, Betina (CU) 5-4, unfinished
 
Match Notes:
Colorado 0-1
Notre Dame 3-1
 
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,2,5,1)