CU women’s tennis wrapped up the regular season with their sixth straight win in a match against the University of Nebraska on April 22.
With Nebraska up 3-2, CU needed the last two singles points to win the match. Camila Belassi won the first set against Nebraska’s Diana Kuhl 7-5 before losing the second 5-7. She took a quick lead in the final set, but Kuhl caught up to tie the score at 3-3.
“I knew that I had to win in order for the team to win, so I felt some pressure in the last set, but it was not bad – it was good pressure,” Belassi said.
1d) Franziska Jendrian/Monica Milewski (CU) def. Imke Reimers/Diana Kuhl 8-5
2d) Melisa Esposito/Martina Sedivec (CU) def. Maria Ring/Wiveca Swarting 8-5
3d) Gleisy Torres Torres/Victoria Almagno (CU) def. Marianne Cicmanec/Ashley Finnegan 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1s) Imke Reimers (NU) def. Monica Milewski 6-1, 6-1
2s) Camila Belassi (CU) def. Diana Kuhl 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
3s) Wiveca Swarting (NU) def. Franziska Jendrian 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
4s) Gleisy Torres Torres (CU) def. Maria Ring 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
5s) Melisa Esposito (CU) def. Marianne Cicmanec 6-0, 6-3
6s) Ashley Finnegan (NU) def. Martina Sedivec 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 1, 5, 6, 3, 2, 4
Belassi came back to win the next three games and take the No. 2 singles point.
With Belassi done and the score tied at 3-3, it was up to Gleisy Torres Torres for a Colorado win. After losing the first set to NU’s Maria Ring 3-6, Torres Torres lost the first two games of the second set. She bounced back to win the next four, but Ring tied it at 4-4 and then again at 5-5. Torres Torres was able to win the next two games and take the set 7-5, meaning the final set would determine the winner of the match.
“I have been in that spot many times and not anymore,” Torres Torres said of feeling any pressure on the last set. “I would say if it was my freshman year maybe, but right now I feel like my junior year. I feel like it’s something that I have to go out there and do.
Torres Torres came out strong and won the first three games before letting one get away. The two women switched off wins for the next four games, with Torres Torres finally taking the set after 10 games, 6-4.
“Today wasn’t the best day for me I don’t think, but I am glad that I found a way to win the match,” Torres Torres said. “It was a little bit windy, you know it was the last match. It’s the end of the season, we kind of get tired a little, so it is more mental than anything else.”
Head coach Nicole Kenneally saw the match as a strong way to end the regular season before heading into the Big 12 tournament next week.
“This match today was a great college match and the girls played great and fought hard. And Nebraska played really great too, so we were fortunate to get away with a win today. But also this match was indicative of this team and how they fight and how they just keep working and wanting it for each other, as well as themselves,” Kenneally said.
The team moved to 9-2 in the Big 12 and 16-6 overall. This is the best record the team has had since the 1998-1999 season and Kenneally’s best record in eight seasons at CU.
“I think it is an accomplishment that the girls can be really proud of because they are the ones that have put in the hard work for it and they definitely deserve it,” Kenneally said.
The team heads into the Big 12 Tournament as a No. 4 seed with a first round bye. The winner of Oklahoma State-Iowa State game plays the Buffs in the second round.
Coming off six straight wins, Belassi sees a good outcome in the tournament.
“The whole team has a lot of confidence right now, and I think that it is not always the same people who win,” Belassi said. “We are going to do well for sure.”
Torres Torres also had positive feelings concerning the tournament, although she recognizes that it will not be easy.
“We have first round to play OSU, which is a very good team – we played them here, we beat them 4-3. I would say that it is the hardest second round in the Big 12 and it is good for us,” Torres Torres said, assuming that Oklahoma State University will win in the first round.
The team travels to Kansas City, Mo., for the Big 12 tournament April 27-29.
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