Pezzotti's First Career Big 12 Win Lifts KU Tennis over Colorado, 6-1

April 10, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

For the second time in as many matches, the Jayhawks took a trio of singles contests into three sets and played for nearly five hours. But sophomore Monica Pezzotti’s No. 2 singles win clinched the match for KU, helping the tennis team to its first Big 12 winning streak of the season with a 6-1 defeat of Colorado, Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

The Jayhawks have now won three of their last four and improved their record to 9-9 overall and 3-5 in the Big 12. Colorado remains winless in league play at 0-7 and is now 3-14 on the spring season.

Once again, the doubles point came down to the No. 3 contest, as it did in Friday night’s Border Showdown match against No. 70 Missouri. However, unlike Friday’s match, the Jayhawks took the doubles point with Monica Pezzotti and Paulina Los’ third-doubles victory against Kristina Schliech and Winde Janssens.

With a 1-0 lead going into singles, KU then won the next five-straight matches. No. 65 Ekaterina Morozova took the first win – a 6-2, 6-3 downing of Schliech. Dylan Windom then followed in the No. 5 singles position with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Kristina Barber.

A long second-singles match ensued with Pezzotti coming out on top against Michala Hedelund Jensen. After falling into an early deficit, Pezzotti cruised to a 6-2 victory in the third set to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. The win was her first-ever in the Big 12 and her first since Feb. 20, when she defeated the No. 2 singles player for Little Rock.

Victoria Khanevskaya then took the No. 6 singles match against Kristina Barber in what proved to be the quickest match of the day. With four matches in the books, it Paulina Los and Erin Wilbert extended the Nos. 3 and 4 matches with long, tough third sets.

Los started off her No. 3 singles match against Abbie Probert with a 7-5 loss, but rebounded with an 6-2 win in the second set. Los pulled out to a lead in the third, but Probert came back. The two tied the match several times and at one point, Probert looked to have it put it away after she won three straight games to go up 6-5. But Los grinded through another game to tie at 6-all, and finally prevailed winning the last two to top Probert with a final score of 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.

Wilbert faced an equally-tough battle in the third set as well, but could not hold on to a slim lead as she fell to Winde Janssens in the No. 4 match, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

KU will play two of its final three regular season matches next weekend, heading out on the road to play Oklahoma State Friday at 2 p.m., and Oklahoma Sunday at 12 p.m.

Kansas 6, Colorado 1
April 10, 2011 – Lawrence, Kan.
Jayhawk Tennis Center

DOUBLES

1) #73 Morozova/Windom (KU) def. Manzi/Probert (CU) 8-3
2) Anuszkiewicz/Jensen (CU) def. Wilbert/Khanevskaya (KU) 8-3
3) Los/Pezzotti (KU) def. Schleich/Janssens (CU) 9-8 (5)

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

SINGLES

1) #65 Ekaterina Morozova (KU) def. Kristina Schliech (CU) 6-2, 6-3
2) Monica Pezzotti (KU) def. Michala Hedelund Jensen (CU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3) Paulina Los (KU) def. Abbie Probert (CU) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
4) Winde Janssens def. Erin Wilbert (KU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
5) Dylan Windom (KU) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) 6-3, 6-1
6) Victoria Khanevskaya (KU) def. Kristina Barber (CU) 6-1, 6-3

Order of finish: 5, 1, 2, 6, 3, 4