BOULDER — The Colorado women’s tennis team swept Oregon, 4-0, Friday afternoon in the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center.
The win was the third in the Pac-12 this season, breaking the record for wins in the Pac-12 conference in school history. It was also the first-ever sweep of a Pac-12 team since joining the conference.
Colorado set the pace quickly with its fifth-straight doubles victory. After Oregon forfeited the No. 3 doubles match, Sara Nayar and Megan Forster rallied to a 6-4 win in the No. 2 doubles match against Julia Eshet and Rifanty Kahfiani to seal the team point. Annabelle Andrinopoulos and Monica Malinen were tied, 4-4, against Daniela Nasser and Paiton Wagner in the No.1 doubles match when the point was clinched.
“We’ve been on the other end of it and it is hard being shorthanded and injured,” head coach Danielle Steinberg said. “Oregon is still a tough team and we knew we couldn’t overlook them just because of their injuries. I was really happy with doubles. I think we’ve been getting a lot of confidence and finally things are clicking in the past five or six doubles matches. You can see us improving every match and that’s credit to the team. We have been working a lot and they are actually going out there and implementing what we are doing.”
CU took a 2-0 lead after Oregon forfeited the No. 6 singles match following the doubles play. All three of the first matches went to 5-0 in the first set with Nayar down to Nasser in the No. 1 singles match and Malinen and Andrinopoulos up 5-0 in the No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches. Malinen was the first to take the set, gaining the advantage on Wagner in the No. 2 singles match 6-1. She finished off the match in the second set, 6-2.
“Monica’s season speaks for itself, kind of incredible,” said Steinberg. “I don’t even think she was happy with today’s match. It’s all a matter of confidence and she knows her game plan, it’s very clear, she knows what she needs to do and keeps it simple. Annabelle, I’m really happy she was able to get that win today and clinch it for us in a big Pac-12 match. She is another player that is showing steady improvement throughout the season and you can see her growing as a player and getting more confidence. That’s 90 percent of the game so it was really good to see.”
With the win CU finishes the first half of the conference schedule with a winning record for the first time in Pac-12 history. The Buffs begin a tough final stretch next week, starting a stretch of five-straight matches against ranked opponents with a trip to Los Angeles against USC and UCLA.