Buffs Breeze By No.67 Denver

BLOCK – The Colorado women’s tennis team pulled out the broomsticks on Wednesday afternoon, here sweeping state rival and No. 67-ranked Denver by a score of 4-0.

The win is Colorado’s first (7-11, 0-7 Pac-12) over Denver (10-7) in six tries and the Pioneers’ first sweep since 1997.

Colorado opened the game by winning the doubles point with a 6-2 win in doubles match #3 with Betina Tokac and Ellen Puzak defeating Tatum Burger and Andrea Burguete. CU clinched the point with a win in the No. 2 doubles match as Ky Ecton and Mila Stanojevic defeated Taylor Melville and Toni Nelson 6-4.

Moving on to the top three singles matches, Caroline Pozo dropped the first set to Melville 6-1. She bounced back and dominated the second and third sets 6-3, 6-1 to give CU their second team point.

In game 1, Antonia Balzert fought with Anna Riedmiller who was undefeated in doubles against the Buffs. Balzert found herself 5-3 down in the first set but rallied to win the next three matches. Riedmiller forced a tiebreaker but Balzert had momentum and won it 7-3. The second set was similar with Balzert taking a 4-2 lead before losing the next three games. Facing the set point, Balzert rallied to win the next three games and secure the 7(3)-6, 7-5 win.

The last game was about Megan Forster in singles match #3 against Camille Anderson. Forster fell in the first set 7-5, but like Pozo rallied and destroyed the second and third sets to win 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.

The ranked win is the second this season for Colorado after beating No. 71 Iowa earlier in the season. CU wraps up its home program Friday against No. 20 Arizona State at 1 p.m. before facing No. 49 Arizona for the senior day Sunday at 11 a.m.

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Head Coach Anthony Pham
On the upheaval

We are happy for the ladies. It’s by far the best game we’ve played all year. Full game. Everyone played a role. We were just talking, me, Brian and Hailey are super proud of the ladies, and it was a bold performance because Denver is always good. We haven’t beaten them since 2015, so just happy and proud of them.

On the return of Pozo

Speaking of courage, she woke up on Monday with a sore throat and was sick and couldn’t train yesterday. To achieve such a performance is huge and huge for the team.

On Antonia beating Riedmiller

Riedmiller is obviously a good player. She made it the final of our regional tournament this fall. It is normally ranked nationally. It’s a really good job from Toni to hang on, to fight and to get through these tough times. We talked about finding a way, she found a way today. It was huge for her, huge for the team. Hats off to her.

RESULTS

Colorado 4, #67 Denver 0

Singles competition
1. Antonia Balzert (COLO) def. Anna Riedmiller (DEN) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
2. Caroline Pozo (COLO) def. Taylor Melville (DEN) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. Megan Forster (COLO) def. Camille V-Anderson (DEN) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
4. Mila Stanojevic (COLO) v Britt Pursell (DEN) 1-2, unfinished
5. Andrea Burguete (DEN) against. Betina Tokac (COLO) no result
6. Toni Nelson (DEN) against. Ky Ecton (COLO) no result

Doubles competition
1. Britt Pursell/Camille V-Anderson (DEN) def. Caroline Pozo/Antonia Balzert (COLO) 6-1
2. Ky Ecton/Mila Stanojevic (COLO) def. Taylor Melville/Toni Nelson (DEN) 6-4
3. Betina Tokac/Ellen Puzak (COLO) def. Tatum Burger/Andrea Burguete (DEN) 6-2

Match Notes:
Denver 10-7; National ranking #67
Colorado 7-11, 0-7 Pac-12
Finishing order: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,1,3)

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