BOULDER – The Colorado Buffaloes tennis team travel to California to compete in their final tournament of the fall tour at the San Diego State Invitational November 3-5. This will be only the second time this season the entire team is competing at the same tournament.
Progress has been the word for the fall for the Buffs. Making progress every practice, every match, and every tournament towards being better than the one before and Elys Ventura highlighted that feat at the ITA Mountain Region Championships. After falling in the first round of her first tournament of the season in late September she bounced back and made progress her next time out winning three matches to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
That run was highlighted with a 7-5, 6-4 straight set victory over the No. 6 seed in the tournament. After another win to advance to the quarterfinals Ventura would ultimately end up losing to the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Regardless of the outcome of the last match everyone could see the progress in just one month.
When looking forward to this weekend head coach Anthony Pham envisions this as another opportunity to compete and continue progressing as they head to San Diego for their last competition of the fall.
“I think it’s just another good opportunity for us,” Pham commented on the San Diego Invitational. “I just told the team that we’re making good progress and it’s just another good opportunity for us to put it into match play against some good competition.”
As much as Pham and the team wants to win every match, they know that they are preparing to win matches in the spring and compete in the Pac-12.
“All of this is preparation for the spring,” Pham said on the fall tour. “I tell the team all the time, we win matches in the spring and February, March, April because of the work we do in the fall. Every practice, every match, every tournament is important. It’s preparation for us to get better and prepare for the spring.”
As the team travels for this weekend, they will experiment with different doubles duos to continue to find who works together the best come January.
“This weekend presents a good opportunity for us to mix some things up and see what seems to produce for us,” Pham said on doubles pairings this weekend. “The goal is to get some different teams out there and see what works and who plays well with…