It was like the Pioneer ladies turned on the gusto to be able to watch some of the DU/UND conference playoff hockey game.
It only took around two hours for the Pio women’s tennis team to sweep an overmatched University of Nebraska at Omaha squad. The Mavericks were forced to drive from Nebraska after the bomb cyclone Wednesday put flights to Denver into disarray.
With Friday’s 7-0 win, DU is riding a three-match win streak and has yet to lose at Denver Tennis Park.
As it usually happens Sophmore Camille Verden-Anderson 6-1, 6-0 was first to put up her feet for the night, easily dispatching UNO’s Savanna Crowell.
No match went to a third set, and no Maverick was able to win more than four games in a set.
“It feels good to be back,” said sophomore Hada Chang. She took UNO’s Emily Behling for a bagel dinner 6-0, 6-0.
Chang is being worked back into the starting lineup after coming back from injuries. Friday was her first time this season playing both doubles and singles.
In one of the bigger understatements, the Dallas native said of the match: “I thought it went well, I feel like the team was really focused today.”
Head coach Christian Bass was pleased by Chang’s progress, and also praised freshman Tatum Burger’s play (which included at least six aces per Bass’s count) in her 6-2, 6-2 win over Natalie Lorentz.
After a slow start Bass said she counseled Burger on pushing forward more to counterbalance an aggressive opponent.
“At times she did it a little better in the second set but not so much in the beginning of the match.”
Bass also took the opportunity to try some new doubles pairings.
Freshman Tatum Burger, who typically shares the court with Anna Riedmiller, instead played alongside Chang at #2.
Freshman Toni Nelson played with Riedmiller at #3 instead.
#1 remained the same with co-captain Bianca Mok playing with Verden-Anderson.
“I thought it worked out well,” Bass explained. “A little new chemistry which was nice to see.”
It’s worth mentioning that Riedmiller was given the night off after doubles. Bass says she suffered a minor injury after slipping on some ice and gave her the night off after doubles wrapped up.
After having next weekend off the Pioneers leave the comforts of Denver Tennis Park to travel to Grand Forks, ND and square off with North Dakota on March 30th.
A previously scheduled match against the South Dakota Coyotes was pushed to April after USD was also unable to get a flight in.