Colorado's three seniors led the Buffs to a 4-3 win over Utah on Saturday on Senior Day at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center. CU improved to 9-11 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-12, while snapping a nine-match losing streak. Utah dropped to 10-13 overall and 1-9.
It was CU's first win over Utah since joining the Pac-12 Conference.
Seniors Louise Ronaldson and Kyra Wojcikcombined for one of the team's doubles wins, while Ronaldson and Jeannez Daniel each had key singles victories on Saturday in the final home match for the three players.
The Buffs cruised to the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Brigitte Beck and Chloe Hule upset the 65th-ranked doubles duo of Jena Cheng and Alexia Petrovic 6-0 at the top position. CU trailed 40-love in the final game before rallying with four straight points to clinch the sweep in just 24 minutes.
CU later clinched the doubles point at No. 3 as Ronaldson and Wojcik rallied from down a break late in the set for a 6-4 victory over Brianna Chisholm and Victoria Robertson. Ronaldson's serve was broken to give Utah a 4-3 lead, but the Buffs then took the next three games to earn the win.
Utah went up 2-1 less than two hours into the contest that lasted 4 hours and 26 minutes, with wins at No. 2 and No. 1 singles, respectively. At No. 2, Chisholm breezed to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Hule. Chisholm won the final four games of the first set and jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second.
At No. 1 singles, Petrovic defeated Linda Huang 6-2, 6-2. Petrovic also used strong starts, leading 5-1 in the first set and 4-1 in the second.
Jeannez Daniel evened up the match 2-2 after she topped Cheng 6-4, 7-6 (2) at No. 3 singles. Neither player took control at any point in either set. Tied 4-4, Daniel won the final two games in the first set to earn the victory. Both players held serve through the first eight games of the second when the momentum shifted as neither player held serve in the final four games, sending the set into a tiebreaker. Cheng won the first point before Daniel won five straight, and then Daniel ended the match with an ace for a 7-2 tiebreaker victory.
Ronaldson put CU up 3-2 with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Taylor Calton at No. 4 singles. After a dominating first set by Ronaldson, it was back-and-forth for the remainder of the match. In the third set, Calton led 3-2 before Ronaldson won the next three games. After Calton held serve with a 5-3 deficit, Ronaldson took the final game to close out the match.
The Utes evened things up at No. 5 singles as Whitney Turley edged Wojcik 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Wojcik breezed through the first set, leading 5-1 before splitting the final two sets. Turley jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the second before Wojcik evened things up at 4-4 as the two went on to a tiebreaker. In the final frame, Turley took a 5-2 lead before earning her 6-3 victory.
It came down to the No. 6 singles match where Beck pulled out a 7-5, 6-4 win over Robertson. Beck pulled away late to win the first set and then jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second. Robertson fought off match point five times in the second set before succumbing to Beck 6-4.