PULLMAN, Wash. – Charlotte Koning converted on her fifth match point of the afternoon to post the clinching victory as Washington State defeated Colorado 4-2 in the Pac-12 Conference tennis opener for both teams Friday at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. With the win the Cougars improve to 13-2 on the season while Colorado falls to 7-5.
After winning the first set 6-3, Koning had match points serving at 5-4 and 6-5 but could not convert. Not until the fifth match point, leading 6-4 in the tiebreaker, did she prevail, defeating Ashley Tiefel at No. 6 singles, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), securing the team victory. With the team victory secure, the final match on court, WSU’s Dajana Ognjenovic against Carla Manzi Tenorio at No. 5 singles, was halted with Manzi Tenorio leading 6-4, 3-6, 1-0.
After taking the opening doubles point, the Cougars extended their lead to 3-0 as Maria Biryukova and Lize Leenknecht posted straight-set victories. Biryukova capitalized on a break of serve in the first and rallied from 2-4 down in the second to post a 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) win over Alexandra Aiello at No. 2 singles. Leenknecht followed right behind as she defeated Winde Janssens 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3, putting the Cougars one victory away from the team win.
Colorado got on the board when Julyette Steur rallied from a set down to defeat Elizaveta Luzina 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1. The Buffaloes cut the deficit in half thanks to another three-set win as Nuria Ormeno Ruiz rallied for a 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 win over Olga Musilovich at No. 4.
In doubles action, WSU swept the first two matches to secure the point. Biryukova and Musilovich were first off after an 8-1 win over Aiello and Manzi Tenorio at No. 2. Leenknecht and Luzina then clinched the point as they defeated Janssens and Ormeno Ruiz 8-6 at No. 1. With the doubles point already earned, the No. 3 match was halted with the Cougars’ Koning and Ognjenovic leading Steur and Tiefel 7-3.
The Cougars return to the court Saturday when they host No. 44 Utah at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse. Match time is set for 11 a.m.
WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
No. 53 Washington State 4 def. No. 60 Colorado 2
March 7, 2014
No. 1 Elizaveta Luzina/Lize Leenknecht (WSU) def. Winde Janssens/Nuria Ormeno Ruiz (Colo.) 8-6
No. 2 Maria Biryukova/Olga Musilovich (WSU) def. Alexandra Aiello/Carla Manzi Tenorio (Colo.) 8-1
No. 3 Charlotte Koning/Dajana Ognjenovic (WSU) vs. Julyette Steur/Ashley Tiefel (Colo.) 7-3 DNF
Order of Finish: 2,1
No. 1 Julyette Steur (Colo.) def. No. 116 Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Maria Biryukova (WSU) vs. Alexandra Aiello (Colo.) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
No. 3 Lize Leenknecht (WSU) vs. Winde Janssens (Colo.) 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 Nuria Ormeno Ruiz (Colo.) def. Olga Musilovich (WSU) 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
No. 5 Dajana Ognjenovic (WSU) vs. Carla Manzi Tenorio (Colo.) 4-6, 6-3, 0-1 DNF
No. 6 Charlotte Koning (WSU) vs. Ashley Tiefel (Colo.) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
Order of Finish: 3,2,1,4,6