Buffaloes Host Final Three Home Matches
BOULDER – The Colorado women's tennis team hosts the last three home matches of the season this week, starting with Wednesday's match against No.65 Denver that has been moved to 11 a.m. in the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center.
The Buffaloes (6-11, 0-7 Pac-12) made the time change against Denver due to forecasted high wind speed. The team is coming off a 4-1 loss to No.36 Oregon.
Colorado starts a streak of five-straight ranked opponents with No.65 Denver before facing No.30 Arizona State on Friday, No.44 Arizona on Sunday and then closing out the season at No.46 Utah. The team has a dozen ranked matches on the schedule and successfully upset No.71 Iowa at home at the end of February.
The team continues to be led by freshman Mila Stanojevic with a 10-6 singles record this spring. Directly behind her is fellow freshman Betina Tokac with six wins, followed by Megan Forster and Antonia Balzert with five. Colorado has won just less than 40 percent of its singles matches this dual season.
In doubles, the Buffs fought admirably against Oregon with Caroline Pozo and Maria Campos falling 7-5 in the No.1 doubles match and Ky Ecton and Stanojevic leading 6-5 in the No.2 doubles match before the point was clinched. Tokac and Ellen Puzak have the best dual record at 4-4 as the team has a .250 winning percentage in doubles match this spring.
Both Friday and Sunday's matches look favorably with weather and will try to be contested outdoors at the CU South Campus Tennis Complex. Friday's match is scheduled for 1 p.m., followed by an 11 a.m. start for senior day Sunday.
The Buffs will celebrate three departing seniors on Sunday, Megan Forster, Ky Ecton and Caroline Pozo.
Denver (10-6) has numerous matches against similar opponents to the Buffs. The team lost to Washington 4-3 to open the season and also fell to Oregon 4-2. After starting 1-4 this season, the Pioneers won eight-straight matches including 4-3 wins against Utah and Iowa and a sweep of Air Force.
Denver has won .670 of its singles matches this spring and .579 of its doubles. Britt Pursell leads the team with an 11-5 record in singles play.
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE
The Sun Devils (11-6, 3-4 Pac-12) are 10-1 at home but 0-4 on the road this season. They swept CSU earlier in the season, fell to Washington 4-3 and defeated Washington State 4-2 before losing to the LA schools and Oregon. Recently, ASU defeated Cal and Stanford at home.
ASU has the 26th-ranked duo in Patricija Spaka and Domenika Turkovic with a 10-2 record.
The Wildcats (14-8, 2-5 Pac-12) swept Washington State and defeated CSU 4-3 before being swept by the LA schools. They responded with a 5-2 win against Oregon before losing to both Stanford and Cal by scores of 7-0.