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September 23, 2013

Box Takes Flight at UNLV Invite

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis team wrapped up its second week of the fall season at the UNLV Fall Invite and sophomore transfer Emelia Box was able to win her flight against some tough competition.

"Emelia is an unbelievably good player," said head coach Kim Bruno. "Emelia was able to overcome a lot of distractions and use the full-court to her advantage in a lot of tough single matches this weekend."

In the championship match against Middle Tennessee State's Jesse Grace, Box was down after the first set losing 2-6 but responded taking two straight sets 7-6 and 6-3 to take first place in her flight.

"After the first set, Emelia refocused on the game plan," said Bruno. "She was very coachable and was able to execute the game plan. She showed us how good she is going to be."

The Lumberjacks faced tough competition from across nation including South Alabama, Middle Tennessee State, Long Beach State, Southern Illinois and UNLV. Bruno was pleased with the way her team rose to the challenge.

"After this weekend, I know that we can hang with these teams from all over the country," said Bruno. "Our level of play from last weekend to this weekend was much better so the girls have to keep working because their hard work is paying off."

Freshman Hailey Rochin continues to improve each week, impressing Bruno with her level of play. Rochin dropped her first match against South Alabama's Michaela Mezcarosova on Friday in a tough three-set match but was able to respond winning two straight matches to end the weekend.  

"For a freshman to come back and win the consolation final after dropping a tough three-set match is huge," said Bruno when speaking about Rochin. "She was able to respond and work through a lot in her game and that shows a lot."

The Lumberjacks will now stay at home this weekend to prepare for the ITA Mountain Regional Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. beginning Oct. 9.