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CU tennis: Three Buffs players in preseason regional rankings

The University of Colorado tennis team has three players ranked in the Mountain Region rankings released Tuesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Nuria Ormeño Ruiz is ranked No. 1 in the region, followed by Tina Bokhua, tied for third, and Annabelle Andrinopoulos, 15th.

“It is fantastic to have three players ranked,” head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “It’s great to have two players in the top five as well. With the results they had in the fall, Nuria winning the regional and Tina having a win over a nationally ranked opponent, it is a reflection of the success they have had.”

Ormeño Ruiz, a junior from Barcelona, Spain, won the Mountain Region singles championship in October, knocking off three of the top-10 seeds in the tournament. She then became the first player in school history to compete at the ITA National Indoor Championships, dropping a pair of three-set matches to nationally ranked opponents. Ormeño Ruiz carries a 10-2 singles mark into the spring and is ranked 35th in CU history with 48 career wins.

Bokhua, a sophomore from Moscow, Russia, reached the round of 16 at the regional tournament in October and posted a 5-5 mark in the fall, facing three nationally ranked opponents.

The Buffaloes begin the season on Jan. 17 at home against Air Force at 11 a.m. That match will take place at the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center

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