For Alex Aiello and Kyra Wojcik, they were straight-set victories. For Colorado's women's tennis team, it was history.
The Buffaloes advanced two players to the second round of the Pac-12 Championships for the first time Thursday in Ojai, Calif. In the invitational draw, Aiello defeated Southern Cal's Paige Keating 6-2, 6-2, while Wojcik was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Utah's Luisa Gerstner Da Rosa in the invitational bracket.
"As time progresses, our competitiveness increases," head coach Nicole Kenneally said. "We had our opportunities today in several matches. As we continue to gain more experience, learn more about ourselves, those deuce points are going to start turning our way. It was a good first day."
Both were ousted in the next round with Aiello falling 6-1, 6-0 to Cal's Karla Popovic and Wojcik falling 7-5, 6-2 to USC's Gabby Smith.
"I thought Kyra really battled well against Smith," Kenneally said. "She was down 5-2 in the first set and it was a really gallivanting effort to get back into it."
CU's Nuria Ormeño Ruiz, ranked 120th nationally, almost stunned 40th-ranked Taylor Davidison of Stanford in the opening round of the championship draw. She won the first set in a tiebreaker 7-6 before falling 7-6 in the second set and 6-2 in the decisive third.
Annabelle Andrinopoulos and Jeannez Daniel also fell in the opening round. Freshman Brigitte Beck pulled out of the tournament after suffering a hand injury Wednesday night.
Doubles play begins today with Daniel and Ormeño Ruiz in the championship draw, while Andrinopoulos and Aiello, pairing for the first time due to Beck's injury, in the invitational bracket. Play also will continue in the singles bracket.
Championship Draw — Round of 32
No. 40 Taylor Davidson, Stanford, def. No. 120 Nuria Ormeño Ruiz, Colorado, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (3), 6-2
Trang Huynh, Washington State, def. Annabelle Andrinopoulos, Colorado, 6-3, 6-2
Margo Pletcher, Utah, def. Jeannez Daniel, Colorado, 6-4, 6-2
Invitational Draw — Round of 32
Kyra Wojcik, Colorado, def. Luisa Gerstner Da Rosa, Utah, 6-4, 6-4
Alex Aiello, Colorado, def. Paige Keating, USC, 6-2, 6-2
Invitational Draw — Round of 16
Gabby Smith, USC, def. Kyra Wojcik, Colorado, 7-5, 6-2
Karla Popovic, California, def. Alex Aiello, Colorado, 6-1, 6-0