Denesik & Vang Shine at New Mexico State Fall Invite
Las Cruces, N.M. – Six members of the Northern Arizona women's tennis program began their fall season this past weekend at the New Mexico State Fall Invite and came away with impressive results. Out of the six players that participated, four of the six Lumberjacks came away this weekend with winning records in singles play. Sophomore Jordan Denesik played stellar in the Taos Flight going 3-0 in singles play defeating Anastasiya Sylenko from UTEP, Ansley Boarman from Abilene Christian and Matilda Tench from UTEP. Denesik and junior newcomer Sarah Spruch went 2-2 in the Laguna Flight doubles draw defeating Western New Mexico's Claudia Osuna and Dena Irvin 8-1 on day one of the invite.
"I am so proud of Jordan and how she competed this week," said head coach Kim Bruno. "She was coachable, made adjustments. Coming right out of the gates and winning her first flight is a great accomplishment."
Top returner Johanna Vang also was impressive this weekend posting a 3-0 record in singles play. In her three matches, Vang defeated Emily Olivier from the University of New Mexico, Susan McRann from the University of Arizona and Rachana Bhat from the University of New Mexico. In her 52 games played during singles play, Vang won 37 of them and defeated Bhat 6-1, 7-5 to take the Nambe Flight.
"Johanna proved that she has not taken a step back from last season," said Bruno. "She is playing to her strengths with her height and stature and words cannot describe the great leader she has been so far."
In her first tournament as a Lumberjack, junior transfer Emelia Box was able to post a 2-1 record in singles play and a 1-3 record in doubles play along with senior Tatum Rochin in a very tough Jemez Flight.
In her first ever collegiate tournament, Hailey Rochin played very well along with Vang in doubles playing ending the weekend with a 2-1 record. Hailey Rochin and Vang finished the weekend as the Jemez Flight Consolation Champions defeating New Mexico's Susie Baklini and Emily Olivier 8-3.
"I'm proud of the girls who did not win their flights because they made improvements," said Bruno. "The point for fall tournaments is to get better and understand my coaching style and it was a great first tournament."
The Lumberjacks will head back out on the road this weekend as they travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for the UNLV Fall Invite from Sept. 20-22.