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Pioneers Battle in Colorado State Open

Sept. 25, 2017

Pioneers Battle in Colorado State Open

Members of both the men’s and women’s tennis teams competed this weekend down at Gates Tennis Center.

DENVER, Colo. – With the 2017 USTA Colorado State Open just down the road at Gates Tennis Center, members of both the men’s and women’s tennis programs looked for some added competition.

 

For the women, Hada Chang, Arisha Ladhani and Bianca Mok competed. For the men, Aaron Diemer, Eric Morris, Jorge Nunez and Matt Summers all took part in the weekend long event.


 

 

 

First for the men, Nunez won his first match against Steven Nash, 6-0, 6-0. Following suit, Summers won his first match, 6-0, 6-0. Morris took a win in his first match over David Gardiner 6-2, 6-0. Meanwhile, Diemer only gave up three games in his first match, 6-1, 6-2.

 

In his second match of the day, Nunez pulled-off a dominant upset over fifth-seeded Damon Gillette. The freshman gave away only a pair of games in the first set, 6-2, 6-0. Much like his teammate, Summers also took down a top seed, No. 10 John Haywood, 6-3, 6-3. Diemer also had a strong round of 32, giving up a single game to Andrew Gillette 6-0, 6-1. Morris was the lone Pioneer to fall in the round, but the Corinth,Texas native pushed the two-seed to three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7.

 

Advancing past the round of 16 was the duo Nunez and Diemer, who had similar scores at 6-2, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-2 respectively. However, neither man would make it out of the quarterfinals, as Nunez fell to top-seed Chris Cooprider and Diemer lost to No. 3 seed Dor Amir’d.

 

For the women, Chang struck first with a win the first round only giving up three games, 6-3, 6-0. Mok won her match in dominate fashion, 6-0, 6-1. Also picking up a victory but only giving away a single game was Ladhani, 6-1, 6-0.

 

Only Mok and Ladhani advanced to the quarterfinals as Chang had to withdraw due to an injury. Ladhani took out second-seeded Josephine Schaffer 6-0, 6-2, while Mok beat Carol Benito 6-3, 6-1.

Ladhani would advance to the finals thanks to an amazing three-set win, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. She would eventually fall in the final round, but Pioneers from both teams put out a thrilling performance.

 

For complete results on the weekend, click here.

 

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