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2023/24 TENNIS pre-season and season news, results and discussion (Colorado State Invite Sept. 29- Oct. 1 in Ft. Collins)


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With tennis being one of those Buff sports that has MANY tournaments in both the fall and spring semesters, I wanted to set up a thread that as normal we can use to cover anything that comes up on and off the courts related to the team up through the Pac 12 Championships (usually held late April in Ojai, California). (I'll give the NCAA Championships their own thread if/ when the Buffs team earn a NCAA Championships berth.)

I'm starting this thread now as I see the team released its current year fall schedule (https://cubuffs.com/sports/womens-tennis/schedule) a few weeks ago. Per that, the 1st tournament is scheduled to be the Battle of the Bay tournament in San Francisco being held from Sept. 21-24.

A tweet with the spring schedule as it now stands -

And, an accompanying article about the subsequently announced 1st main (spring) season tourney at Stanford from 1/26-29/2024.. -

Congrats to the team overall and to Ms's. Balzert and Puzak for the individual academic honors!

Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2023/8/2/t...award-balzert-puzak-ita-scholar-athletes.aspx

BOULDER—The Colorado Buffaloes Tennis team was honored with the ITA Academic Award and Antonia Balzert and Ellen Puzak were both named ITA Scholar Athletes for the 2022-23 season, the organization announced Wednesday.

To be honored as a team, all members must cumulatively achieve at least a 3.2 grade point average for the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters, and the eight Buffaloes that made up the 2022-23 team achieved a 3.37 team GPA. ITA Scholar Athletes must have a 3.5 grade point average for the same two semesters and Puzak led the way with a 3.67 followed closely by Balzert with a 3.61.

Balzert also completed 35 credit hours in those two semesters to graduate with a double degree in Business Marketing and Psychology. She finished her final season in Boulder with 31 overall wins, including 17 in singles action, 10 of which came at the No. 1 position. She finished her career with 84 overall wins, including 50 in singles play, 25 of which came at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions.

Puzak is achieving at a high level in the classroom with a major in Applied Mathematics and minor in Physics. On the court, she picked up 17 wins between singles and doubles in the 2022-23 season, including 15 in doubles action with three different partners, compiling the third-most doubles wins on the team. She will enter her final season with 34 combined wins, including 27 in doubles action, second most on the team of the returning players.

The two players were the upperclassmen leaders for the Buffs, which had one of the best seasons in recent memory. CU won 13 dual match wins, won the first match at the Pac-12 Tournament in program history and advanced to the postseason for the first time in 16 seasons.

Four other Buffs on the team individually maintained above a 3.2 grade point average over the two semesters.

For the Battle of the Bay (hosted by the California Tennis Club):
Live streams - https://web.track.tennis/#/@public-QQLN_g9kpvE/@public-QQLN_g9kpvE/evt-hNlyJTAG9NE .

Draw/ bracket - https://colleges.wearecollegetennis...77B5EFFC/398D7448-E9FD-4A66-8FB4-5E006E1F8CB3

For the SoCal Intercollegiate Championships (hosted by the Univ. of San Diego (USD)):

Live streams - https://web.track.tennis/#/@031d159...2-fcac-4e49-a766-6ccdc5e62c67/evt-j3VbFs3xR1Q

Draw / bracket/ schedule - https://colleges.wearecollegetennis...ts/draws/BC153867-6C41-4BFD-95A8-045ECFDFD9A9
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Preview for this weekend's action -

Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2023/9/28/tennis-buffs-set-for-a-big-weekend.aspx

BOULDER – The Colorado Buffaloes Tennis team is once again appearing in two different tournaments in two different cities this weekend, the only difference this time is the team will no longer be playing in the same state. Part of the team will stay in state to compete in Fort Collins at the Colorado State Invite, while Aya El Sayed was selected to participate in the ITA All-American Championships in Cary, North Carolina starting on Saturday September 30.

After just one year in Boulder junior Aya El Sayed has accomplished something that has not happened here since 2019, she was selected as one of 96 players across the country to compete in the ITA All-American Championships. She will start playing in pre-qualifying matches on Saturday September 30.

For those who watched her battle on the court last season this should come as no surprise. El Sayed primarily played at No. 4 singles, posting a 14-2 dual match record for the season, the second-best winning percentage in CU history in dual matches. She won 12 straight matches, going undefeated in February, March and April and was a perfect 5-0 in Pac-12 matches earning her All Pac-12 Honorable Mention.

Head coach Anthony Pham is confident that while this is an achievement for her, after last weekend she is ready to compete against the best. "For her it's an achievement for sure, you have to get selected for this you don't enter," he said on El Sayed. "You go there understanding that she's going out there and getting an opportunity to compete against the best in the country. She got five really good matches last weekend so she should feel more confident and comfortable on the court. We have the same kind of expectations for her going down there, give it our all, do our best, and represent Colorado and keep controlling what we can control."

Back home the four Buffs who did not compete in California (Ema Bubalo, Willow Gretch, Anya Nelson, and Ellen Puzak) will go up north to Fort Collins for the Colorado State Invite. This is the first opportunity to hit the court this season for Nelson and Puzak and the first chance for Bubalo and Gretch to suit up as a Buff.

"We use these as opportunities to get better," Pham said on the Colorado State Invite. "There will be some good competition up at Colorado State. For some of them they haven't played matches in a couple of weeks, maybe a month or two. It's just getting out there and doing the things we're asking them to do in practice and try to get comfortable using those in match situations. The hope is with each match we get better and better and we come back and we keep working."

Link to home page for the ITA All-American Championships (From which it looks like live scoring and live streaming links will be available) - https://www.wearecollegetennis.com/championships/ita-womens-all-american-championships/

Live scoring for CSU tourney (Based on the link, I'm a little nervous it may actually be for the ITA tourney, but this is the link CSU's schedule shows for its own tourney.) - https://colleges.wearecollegetennis...BAA15282/C33A688F-65B7-41FD-82C2-16743B97E15A