TEMPE, Ariz. — Off and on rainy conditions and struggles on the course hampered Colorado as the Buffaloes finished 12th after the final round of the three-day Arizona State Invitational on Sunday at Karsten Golf Course.
CU shot 17-over-par 305 to finish at 37-over 901 for the tournament. The Buffs were 7-over on the front nine and 10-over on the back stretch Sunday.
"We just didn't play well at all this week," CU head coach Anne Kelly said. "Hopefully we can use it as a good wake-up call to get prepared for Pac-12s, but it was just a bad tournament. We need to work on our wedges and pitches, and dialing in on those distances a little bit better. It wasn't a good week for us, but I'm hoping we can learn something from it as we move forward into the postseason."
Junior Esther Lee paced Colorado by finishing at 2-over-par 218 following a 73 in the final round. She tied for ninth, moving up 12 spots in the final standings. Senior Alexis Keating shot a 6-over 78 to tie for 29th with a 6-over-par 222 total. Junior Natalie Vivaldi tied for 58th (14-over 230), sophomore Brittany Fan was 63rd (16-over 232) and freshman Gillian Vance was 18-over 234, tying for 66th. Fellow freshman Lauryn Keating, playing as an individual, tied for 64th with a 17-over-par 233.
UCLA won the tournament with a 12-over-par 852, six shots ahead of host Arizona State. The Bruins' Bronte Law was top medalist after carding a 12-under-par 204 total, winning by three strokes over teammate Lilia Vu.
Arizona State Invitational
Team scores: 1. UCLA 281-287-284—852; 2. Arizona State 287-282-289—858; 3. Alabama 288-286-285—859; 4. Arizona 288-291-296—875; 5. Washington 298-290-292—880; 6. UNLV 287-289-307—883; 7. Texas 295-290-306—891; T8. Northwestern 301-282-311—894; T8. Baylor 300-293-301—894; T8. Washington State 301-298-295—394; 11. Oregon State 294-299-303—896; 12. COLORADO 298-298-305—901; 13. Denver 309-301-303—913; 14. Hawaii 324-297-314—935.
Top 5 individuals: 1. Bronte Law, UCLA 64-71-69—204; 2. Lilia Vu, UCLA 68-67-72—207; 3. Linnea Strom, Arizona State 69-71-71—211; T4. Cheyenne Knight, Alabama 72-70-70—212; T4. Sophia Schubert, Texas 69-70-73—212
Buffaloes individuals: T9. Esther Lee 69-76-73—218; T29. Alexis Keating 73-71-78—222; T58. Natalie Vivaldi 77-75-78—230; 63. Brittany Fan 80-76-76—232; T64. Lauryn Keating* 75-76-82—233; T66. Gillian Vance 79-76-79—234
*—played as an individual
Portland shuts out CU tennis
PORTLAND, Ore. — On Friday, Colorado's women's tennis team scored an upset of 41st-ranked Oregon on the road. On Sunday, Portland got the better of the Buffaloes.
Portland's Lucia Butkovska decided the 4-0 nonconference victory with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles over CU's Nuria Ormeño Ruiz. Butkovska, leading 3-2, won the final three games of the deciding third set to clinch it at the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center.
This came after Portland scored the doubles point with victories at No. 2 and 3 and it got wins at No. 2 and 3 singles in straight sets from Radina Dimitrova and Maja Mladenovic.
"Today we ran into a very good Portland Pilots team, playing on their home court," CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. "They definitely took it to us. We had a great win on Friday and today we just kind of got beaten by a better team. We put ourselves in certain positions to keep ourselves in there, but they just came out firing a little bit more today. Hats off to them for playing a tough match."
The Buffs were up early at both No. 4 (Kyra Wojcik) and No. 5 (Alex Aiello) singles when the match was called.
Portland 4, Colorado 0Singles
Lucia Butkovska (PORT) def. Nuria Ormeño Ruiz 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; Radina Dimitrova (PORT) def. Jeannez Daniel 6-3, 6-3; Maia Mladenovic (PORT) def. Annabelle Andrinopoulos 6-3, 6-1; Kyra Wojcik (CU) vs. Tatiana Grigoryan, DNF; Alex Aiello (CU) vs. Tori Troesch, DNF; Brigitte Beck (CU) vs. Saroop Dhatt, DNFDoubles
Ormeño Ruiz/Daniel (CU) vs. Butkovska/Troesch, DNF; Dimitrova/Grigoryan (PORT) def. Andrinopoulos/Beck 6-1; Emily Gould/Mladenovic (PORT) def. Aiello/Wojcik 6-3