Confident DU Women’s Tennis Notches Two Weekend Victories

The #45 University of Denver women’s tennis team (11-4, 1-0) won their first conference match of the season, dispatching an overmatched Oral Roberts 7-0 Friday, before taking down the New Mexico Lobos 4-0 on Saturday.

The ladies are now riding a four-match win streak.

After taking the doubles point, sophomore Tatum Burger annihilated Rai Sengupta of ORU 6-1, 6-0. The rest of her teammates finished up soon after. All six singles matches were won in straight sets.

Saturday afternoon the ladies hosted UNM (3-7, 0-0) at DTP.

Bronte Murgett did put up a fight against the #1 singles player for the Pioneers, Taylor Melville (also half of the #69 doubles team in the country, alongside Hada Chang).

“Two wins,” says junior Hada Chang, alongside doubles partner Taylor Melville. The pair is a nice #69 in the country.

Melville (who has taken Summit player of the week honors twice this season) said aggressiveness was the difference in the match.

“I think I just played offense better than she did,” said the sophomore from Atlanta. “[Murgett] had a lot of winners but I managed to keep her at by doing me better than her.”

With that, the Pioneers are finding strong late-season form as they seek their seventh-straight Summit title. Nearly a month ago the women upset #25 South Carolina, then sputtered against BYU and Utah.

Head coach Christian Bass says the team is being more aggressive in general, keeping play moving forward and forcing their opponents into bad shots.

“We are moving, we’re active, more aggressive,” she said after the New Mexico match. “I thought we did a really good job of controlling the things out there in our matches in terms of what we’ve been doing in practice.”

Bass conceded she wants to see serve returns improve, and plans to work on the team giving away fewer easy return points.

As for Melville, when asked if she’s pleased with where her game is at this point in the season Melville said without hesitation: “yes very.”

The Pioneers continue their homestand Wednesday when they welcome the Wyoming Cowboys to town. First serve is at 4pm and looking at the forecast it should be some great outside tennis. The Pios are 6-0 all-time against their neighbors to the north,  A scheduled match between the two last March was canceled.

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