FLUSHING, N.Y. – University of Colorado senior Julyette Steur and freshman Kyra Wojcik dropped a straight set match to Florida in the Round of 16 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, Thursday afternoon at the USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center.
Steur and Wojcik, the Mountain Region champion fell to the Southeastern Conference Tournament champion from Florida, freshman Brooke Austin and sophomore Kourtney Keegan, 6-2, 6-1. With the score knotted at 2-2 in the first set, the Gators won the next four points to clinch the opening set. Florida kept their momentum in the second, pulling ahead 2-1 and then winning 6-1.
Both schools received a first round bye in the Round of 32 field. Florida advances to the quarterfinal round where they will play the winner of No. 4 seed California and Virginia. The Buffs pair will play in the consolation back draw on Friday afternoon (3:15 p.m. MST) against Southern California’s Gabby Smith and Giuliana Olmos.
“We came out strong in the first set,” CU head coach Nicole Kenneally said. “Julyette and Kyra played tough; the first five of eight were deuce points and unfortunately we were 0-5 in those situations. We’re a young team that hasn’t really played a lot of matches together. Tonight we’ll look at the tape, see where we need to make adjustments and build on that solid first set.”
Steur/Wojcik represent a CU team making its first ever trip to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Tournament. It was the first fall season loss for Steur and Wojcik in six matches together and first loss in 13 combined doubles matches for the pair.
Colorado is one of five Pac-12 Conference tandems playing this week in New York City. The SEC has six duos participating, while the Atlantic Coast Conference has four. Clemson and Auburn are ranked one and two, respectively of the doubles seeded teams, with a pair of Cal teams, seeded third and fourth.
The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships serve as the culmination of the fall college tennis season. Hosted by Columbia University, this prestigious event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for both men and women. This is the fifth consecutive year the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships will be held at the home of the US Open.
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It’s also the final fall weekend of women’s tennis for the rest of the Buffaloes. Assistant coach Blake Mosley is in Florida with senior Ashley Tiefel and junior Alexandra Aiello at the 2014 Lakewood Ranch Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic.
The singles and doubles brackets will be played Friday through Sunday at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Tennis Center in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The fifth annual event features a 32-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw. In the Round of 32 singles draw, Aiello will play Laurence Guevremont of Tennessee, and Tiefel will play Breana Stampfli from Florida Gulf Coast. In doubles, the CU pair will play a team from North Florida.
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