The Colorado tennis team won on the road in the Pac-12 Conference for the first time and earned its biggest upset win since 2009 on Friday, topping No. 41 Oregon 4-3 in Eugene, Ore.

The Buffaloes improved to 7-13 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-12, while Oregon dropped to 11-8 and 3-6. The Ducks were the highest-ranked team CU has defeated wins beating No. 38 UNLV in 2009.

Colorado has now matched its best win total in the Pac-12 since joining the league in 2011-12 and can top that with a win over Utah next weekend at home.

The match came down to the No. 1 singles position, with CU's Nuria Ormeño Ruiz and Oregon's Nia Rose entrenched in a tight battle. With the team score tied 3-3, Ormeño Ruiz prevailed with a 7-6 (5) win in the third set. The two split the first two sets with Ormeño Ruiz coming out on top in the first 7-6 (4) and Rose taking the second 6-3.

"Ultimately she's the one I want out there if we have that situation," CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. "I'm so happy for her to have that experience of closing out and winning that type of match for her, her teammates and the program."

Ormeño Ruiz' and Jeannez Daniel also won 6-3 at No. 1 doubles to clinch the doubles point, the first doubles match and the first doubles point the Buffs have won in Pac-12 play this season. They took the doubles point after Oregon defaulted at No. 3 due to having only five healthy players to compete.

Alex Aiello also won a key singles match at No. 5, pounding Paloma Gomez in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. CU won by default at No. 6 singles.


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Wins from Ormeño Ruiz and Aiello were all the Buffs needed in singles to win with Oregon defaulting at No. 6 singles.

Results

Colorado 4, #41 Oregon 3

Singles

1. #119 Ormeño Ruiz, Nuria (CU) def. Rose, Nia (ORE) 7-6, 3-6, 7-6

2. Tobita, Alyssa (ORE) def. Daniel, Jeannez (CU) 6-2, 6-3

3. Sangwan, Shweta (ORE) def. Andrinopoulos, Annabelle (CU) 6-4, 6-3

4. Kluiving, Marlou (ORE) def. Wojcik, Kyra (CU) 6-3, 6-0

5. Aiello, Alex (CU) def. Gomez, Paloma (ORE) 6-3, 6-1

6. Beck, Brigitte (CU) def. No player (ORE), by default

Doubles

1. Ormeño Ruiz, Nuria/Daniel, Jeannez (CU) def. Rose, Nia/Kluiving, Marlou (ORE) 6-3

2. Sangwan, Shweta/Tobita, Alyssa (ORE) def. Andrinopoulos, Annabelle/Beck, Brigitte (CU) 6-2

3. Aiello, Alex/Wojcik, Kyra (CU) def. No player/No player (ORE), by default.

CU women golfers tied for eighth

The CU women's golf team is tied for eighth place after shooting 10-over par in the opening round of the Arizona State Invitational on the 6,337-yard, par 72 Karsten Golf Coursen in Tempe, Ariz..

The Buffs are competing against one of the toughest fields they have faced this season as nine of the 14 teams are ranked in the top 35, including four Pac-12 schools. No. 3 UCLA shot a 281 and is in first place, holding a six-stroke lead over UNLV and tournament host Arizona State.

Junior Esther Lee carried over her momentum from the Silverado Showdown earlier in the week, carding a 3-under par, 69-her second straight round in the 60s and is tied for third on the leaderboard.

CU individuals

T3. Esther Lee...........................69

T23. Alexis Keating...................73

T47. Natalie Vivaldi...................77

T60. Gillian Vance......................79

T66. Brittany Fan.......................80

T33. Lauryn Keating* ...............75

Top five individuals

1. Bronte Law, UCLA........................64

2. Lilia Vu, UCLA...............................68

T3. Esther Lee, Colorado.................69

T3. Sophia Schubert, Texas.............69

T3. Linnea Strom, Arizona State......69

T3. Makenzie Raim, UNLV..............69

Team 10 teams

1. UCLA.....................281

T2. UNLV..................287

T2. Arizona State.....287

T4. Arizona...............288

T4. Alabama.............288

6. Oregon State.......294

7. Texas....................295

T8. Washington.......298

T8. COLORADO.....298

10. Baylor.................300

*—playing as an individual