Despite another strong showing in doubles play, the University of Colorado women's tennis team fell to Arizona State University, 4-3, Saturday afternoon despite winning its fourth-straight doubles point.
"Tough loss but I am even more proud of the team today than I was after yesterday's win," said head coach Danielle Steinberg. "Coming back and winning seconds sets is to me the thing that shows grit and heart the best, and we had plenty of those today. We could also see the amount of growth this team made in the past few months with the amount of close matches, winning or losing."
The Buffaloes (9-7, 2-2 Pac-12 Conference) picked up another doubles point in conference play, making the team 3-1 in doubles play this season in the Pac-12. The highlight of the day came when Annabelle Andrinopoulos and Monica Malinen clinched the team point against the No. 2-ranked doubles team in the nation in Lauryn John-Baptiste and Ilze Hattingh. That was the first loss this season the duo from ASU (7-8, 2-4 Pac-12) had suffered after the Buffs defeated them 6-4.
"This was by far the best doubles we played at 1 and 2 and the thing I am proud of the most is that we were able to make the adjustments necessary from yesterday's match, and that was the difference between winning or losing the doubles point today," said Steinberg.
Colorado picked up the first doubles match when Sara Nayar and Megan Forster defeated Tereza Kolarya and Savannah Slaysman 6-0. The No. 65-ranked doubles pair from ASU in Samantha Alicea and Sammi Hampton tied the doubles play by defeating Tallulah Farrow and Ky Ecton 6-3.
Despite the fast start, CU quickly found itself down 2-1 in the dual after No. 86 John-Baptiste opened singles play with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Andrinopoulos in the No. 2 singles match. Slaysman secured the next Sun Devil point with a No. 5 singles win against Farrow, 6-3, 6-4.
Colorado began to charge to a comeback when Malinen won the No. 3 singles match against Kolarya despite dropping the first set 6-0. Malinen took the second and third set by scores of 6-2, 6-3 to tie the match 2-2.
CU took the lead for the last time when No. 121 Nayar came back to defeat No. 109 Hattingh 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. The Buffs were looking good for another win with Forster and Ecton both securing first set wins in the No.3 and No.6 matches, respectfully. Ecton took the first set 6-3 and nearly had the win but lost the second 7-5 before being swept in the third set 6-0. Forster was the final hope for CU, but after a 7-6 first set win she dropped the second 6-4 and the third 6-3.
The Buffaloes return home next weekend for a dual with Oregon on Friday at 1:30 p.m. This will be the final one dual weekend for CU before ending the regular season at Utah on April 20.
No. 1 Andrinopoulos/Malinen (CU) def. #2 John-Baptiste/Hattingh (ASU) 6-4
No. 2 Nayar/Forster (CU) def. Kolarva/Slaysman (ASU) 6-0
No. 3 #65 Alicea/Hampton (ASU) def. Farrow/Ecton (CU) 6-3
No. 1 #121 Sara Nayar (CU) def. #109 Ilze Hattingh (ASU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 #86 Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU) def. Annabelle Andrinopoulos (CU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 Monica Malinen (CU) def. Tereza Kolarva (ASU) 0-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 Sammi Hampton (ASU) def. Megan Forster (CU) 6-7, 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 Savannah Slaysman (ASU) def. Tallulah Farrow (CU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Samantha Alicea (ASU) def. Ky Ecton (CU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-0
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