CU tennis: Buffs off to strong start in region championships

The University of Colorado tennis team turned in an impressive first day at the USTA/ITA Mountain Region Championships in Las Vegas, with four players and one doubles teams advancing in the main draw with victories.

The Buffs duo of sophomore Jeannez Daniel and junior Nuria Ormeno Ruiz defeated Montana State’s Naomi Holopainen and Laura Middel, 8-4, on Wednesday to improve to 2-1 as a duo this fall. CU’s duo of freshman Annabelle Andrinopoulos and sophomore Tina Bokhua are seeded as the No. 6 team and received a bye.

Both teams advanced to the second round of 32.

In singles play, four of five Buffs advanced into the second round while Bokhua, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, received a bye into the second round.

Andrinopoulos, the No. 12 seed, defeated Nevada’s Monika Magusiak, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, and Ormeno Ruiz, seeded No. 10, blanked Air Force’s Veronica Dodds, 6-0, 6-0. Both advanced to 4-0 on the season after both won their draws in the CU Invitational to open the season.

Daniel defeated New Mexico State’s Gabby Joyce, 6-1, 6-1, to advance to the second round and improve to 3-1 on the season in singles while sophomore Kyra Wojcik defeated Air Force’s Lily Forlini, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, and evened her singles record to 2-2 on the season.

Senior Alex Aiello fell to Boise State’s Bobbi Oshiro, 6-2, 6-3, in her first action of the fall after returning from a knee injury.

On the season, the Buffs improved their singles record this fall to 17-7; in doubles, the Buffs are now 8-6 .

Thursday’s main draw action will include two rounds of singles action, the round of 64 and 32, and one more round of doubles action, the round of 32. Both draws will sit at 16 after Thursday’s action. Back draw action gets underway Friday.

Results

USTA/ITA Mountain Regional

Las Vegas, Nev.

Doubles Round o 64

Daniel/Ormeno Ruiz (CU) def. Middel/Holopainen (MSU), 8-4

Andrinopoulos/Bokhua BYE

Singles Round of 128 (

Tina Bokhua (CU) BYE

Annabelle Andrinopoulos (CU) def. Monika Magusiak (UN), 1-6, 6-4, 6-4

Nuria Ormeno Ruiz (CU) def. Veronica Dodds (AFA), 6-0, 6-0

Jeannez Daniel (CU) def. Gabby Joyce (NMSU), 6-1, 6-1

Kyra Wojcik (CU) def. Lily Forlini (AFA), 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

Bobbi Oshrio (BSU) def. Alex Aiello (CU), 6-2, 6-3