Pioneer Women’s Tennis Crushes Two Opponents in Opening Weekend

The University of Denver Women’s Tennis team (2-0, 0-0) added to their undefeated streak at Denver Tennis Park, taking down a very good Air Force 7-0 on Friday and then hammering Gonzaga 6-1.

The Crimson and Gold women are now 12-0 since DTP opened for the beginning of the 2019 spring season.

“2-0,” says Hada Chang (alongside doubles partner Taylor Melville)

Sophomore transfer Taylor Melville led the team at #1 singles, beating a dangerous TJ Fumagalli of Air Force 6-2, 2-6 (Melville won the tiebreaker 11-9) and Cate Broerman of the Zags 6-3, 6-2.

Melville said she fed off the crowd, including the always boisterous men’s team: “I just wanted to play [the game] I worked on in practice, I think the first weekend went very well.”

Melville added that her discipline still needs work but Head Coach Christian Bass said her focus is overall pretty strong.

“Yeah absolutely she does a very good job, they’re a lot of emotions out there, and the emotions come out a little bit,” Bass said Friday  “But before she starts every single point I feel like she really gets composed and has her routine back there.”

The Pioneers are expecting a heavy lift from the Furman transfer, as they seek their seventh-straight Summit title, and try to beat the #45 ranking they ended up with after losing to Kansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The ladies next head to Palo Alto for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off weekend (a national early season invitational with 26 host sites). If they are able to find a way to beat the Washington State Cougars they would likely find themselves on the courts with defending national champion Stanford.

As for Melville, she’s just thrilled she decided to shed Furman Paladin purple for Pioneer Crimson and Gold: “Oh I made a good decision”

“I love my teammates.”

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