FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After the Northern Arizona women's tennis team began its fall season in Las Cruces, N.M. last weekend, they now travel to Las Vegas, Nev. to participate in the UNLV Fall Invite. The Lumberjacks will now face some tough competition including schools like Long Beach State, New Mexico State and UNLV.
"In this tournament there will be better teams, which means a higher level of competition," said head coach Kim Bruno. "Teams from all over the country come to participate in this tournament so I expect us to come and play better, which we did at the end of last week in New Mexico."
Junior Johanna Vang will team up again with freshman Hailey Rochin in doubles this weekend after posting a 2-1 record last week in doubles play. Vang and Rochin were able to take down New Mexico, Abilene Christian and Western New Mexico in their play at Las Cruces.
This will be the first week that freshman Olivia Headford will get a chance to step on the court after missing out in last week's invitational. The freshman from Phoenix, Ariz. will team up with senior Tatum Rochin in doubles play after Tatum Rochin played with Emelia Box last week. In her first collegiate invitational, Headford was able to get the win over Amanda Manas from Middle Tennessee State 6-4, 6-3.
Tansfers Box and Sara Spruch will share the court together in doubles play in Las Vegas hoping to create some chemistry on the court.
"It will be good to see our team compete at a higher level," said Bruno. "My expectations for us, is that at the end of the weekend, I want us to be at a higher level of play than what we are now."
Jordan Denesik has yet to lose a singles match this fall after defeating her first opponent this invite Alexis Garrett from UNLV 7-6, 7-6.
The women will continue play today in Las Vegas at 10 a.m.