Pioneers Maul Grizzlies 7-0

The University of Denver women’s tennis team (5-2, 0-0) swept Montana (1-6, 0-0) 7-0 Friday at Denver Tennis Park. Freshman Alessia Truden also won an exhibition match. The victory pumped in some morale after losing to Wisconsin last weekend, and ahead of a date Sunday with a marquee opponent.

The Pios got off to a little bit of a slow start in doubles, with #1 doubles squad Taylor Melville and Hada Chang dropping their match 6-1. To make matters scarier Denver had to win a tiebreaker to secure the dubs point.

“They’ve been playing well, seems like they just got off to a little bit of a slow start,” Associate Head Coach Jesse Medvene-Collins said of Melville and Chang. “We didn’t do a great job in general just on returns today , something we need to work more on.”

Medvene-Collins said he and Head Coach Christian Bass told the team in between doubles and singles play to better hone their targeting and not give as many shots away.

It apparently did the trick as the Pios came out firing in singles competition, winning all their matches in straight sets.

“We were being aggressive on the right balls, good targets,” said Medvene-Collins. “That’s been a point of focus all week for us, trying to hit balls earlier, be a little more aggressive, but again taking those balls to good targets.”

The ladies have a travel day to Lubbock , Texas Saturday before a big date with #25 South Carolina, one of the traditional powers in women’s college tennis. They’ll play host Texas Tech Monday.

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