FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The best season in program history for Colorado State tennis came with outstanding performances, all of which were recognized on Wednesday with a record placement on the ITA Spring Regional Rankings.
Colorado State was ranked fifth in the Mountain Region, the first time the team has finished in the top 10 and the first appearance since 2007, when the team was 11 years old.e in the Center Region. Individual Rams also hit the books in singles and doubles, with Radka Buzkova appearing on both lists.
It all happened in unique circumstances, with Mai-Ly Tran as a first-year manager, inheriting a roster that included three one-year transfers, but they formed a bond and quickly set high expectations.
“We attributed a lot of our success this year to the girls’ hard work and commitment to each other. We were able to create a tight-knit team that wanted to be the best version of themselves, with many girls wanting to create the best year yet,” Tran said. “We were able to do that, and I’m proud of every single one of them.”
Buzkova, a junior from Buhutin, Czech Republic, became the first Ram to place in the top 10 regionally, placing sixth in the Mountains region. The last player to achieve a regional singles ranking was Emily Kirchem in 2007, the previous highest ranking being 11eheld by Sanja Hansson in 2003. Buzkova posted a 25-5 singles record on her way to All-Mountain West honors, her .833 winning percentage ranking second all-time, her 25 wins tied for third rank in a single season.
Buzkova and her doubles partner Matea Mihaljevic set the standard for CSU in doubles rankings, coming in second, the highest ranking ever for a Rams combo; Anne Anderson and Emily Kirchem were seeded sixth in 2006. The Buzkova/Mihaljevic tandem took All-Mountain West honors as they went 26-9, winning the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament and qualifying for the Fall Nationals ITA. The team they beat in the regional final – teammates Somer Dalla Bona and Sarka Richterova – also cracked the leaderboard, finishing seventh, tied for third-best regional ranking by a doubles duo. They were 19-11, also qualifying for the ITA Fall Nationals.
“Radka had an amazing season and really performed in the crucial moments. I don’t think she got enough credit throughout the end of the season because she was so solid, so I’m really pleased with the see in the regional rankings,” Tran said. “” Somer, Sarka, Matea and Radka also had an impressive drop in terms of doubles. It was so exciting to have an all-Ram regional doubles final. It is a credit to them, to their continued hard work throughout the year, and to their commitment to our ethos at CSU.”
Colorado State went 15-8 on the season, tying for the most wins in a single season while posting its best performance in Mountain West play to date. The Rams were 8-2 in conference, finishing second in the final standings and reaching the conference tournament semifinals for only the second time.