The University of Colorado women’s tennis team fell to No.11-ranked USC this afternoon in Los Angeles by a score of 4-0.
Colorado (10-9, 3-3 Pac-12) came out strong with an opening set win in the No.3 doubles match against the Trojans (15-3, 5-1 Pac-12), but quickly was defeated in the point to lose their first doubles point in the last six duals. Ky Ecton and Tallulah Farrow swept Constantine Branstine and Salma Ewing 6-0.
Shortly after Annabelle Andrinopoulos and Monica Malinen fell in a matchup of the No.35 doubles team against USC’s No.14 doubles team in Angela Kulikov and Rianna Valdes by a score of 6-3 in the No.1 doubles match. Becca Weissmann and Danielle Willson clinched the point by beating Sara Nayar and Megan Forster 6-3 in the No.2 doubles match.
Down 1-0, CU looked to make up the gap but lost all but one opening set in singles. Megan Forster was the only set winner with a 7-6(2) defeat of Becca Weissmann in the No.4 match, but it was too late as the dual was clinched before the second set could begin.
The Trojans took the second team point in the No.6 singles match with Branstine defeating Ecton 6-1, 6-2. Nayar was the second Buff to fall against No.43 Ewing by a score of 6-2, 6-2. The match was clinched by No.122 Danielle Willson in the No.5 singles match by a score of 6-3, 6-1.
Malinen had a close first set in the No.2 singles match, falling to Valdes 7-5. She was up 2-1 in the second when the match was clinched. Andrinopoulos was also down in the No.3 singles match to No.123 Neffa, as she lost the first set 6-2 and was down 5-2 when the match was abandoned.
No.1 #43 Salma Ewing (USC) def. Sara Nayar (CU) 6-2, 6-2
No.2 Rianna Valdes (USC) vs. Monica Malinen (CU) 7-5, 1-2 unfinished
No.3 #123 Ana Neffa (USC) vs. Annabelle Andrinopoulos (CU) 6-2, 5-2 unfinished
No.4 Megan Forster (CU) vs. Becca Weissmann (USC) 7-6(2) unfinished
No.5 #122 Danielle Willson (USC) def. Tallulah Farrow (CU) 6-3, 6-1
No.6 Constance Branstine (USC) def. Ky Ecton (CU) 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 1, 5
No.1 #14 Kulikov/Valdes (USC) def. #35 Andrinopoulos/Malinen (CU) 6-3
No.2 Weissmann/Willson (USC) def. Forster/Nayar (CU) 6-3
No.3 Ecton/Farrow (CU) def. Branstine/Ewing (USC) 6-0
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2