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October 14, 2013

Women’s Tennis Wraps Up Play at ITA Championships & UofA

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis team wrapped up a tennis filled weekend where the team was split up in Las Vegas, Nev. for the ITA Mountain Region Championships and also in Tucson, Ariz. for the UofA Wildcat Invitational.

Johanna Vang, Hailey Rochin, Emelia Box and Sarah Spruch participated in the ITA Mountain Region Championships where they faced some tough schools including BYU, UNLV and Colorado. Box and Vang went into the tournament ranked as No. 17 seeds in singles and were able to win their first matches of the tournament to stay in the main draw. The women struggled to pull off wins in matches but were in all of the matches throughout the entire weekend.

"I wish we had better results but we had chances throughout every match," said head coach Kim Bruno. "We need to figure out how to be tougher in those 40-30 points and tiebreakers but I have no doubt that we will get better in those situations."

Vang and Rochin continue to build chemistry on the court together as they were paired up for the third time this season. The two were in every match this weekend but were unable to come up with the big points to pull off the victories.

"I think they are a good team right now," said Bruno. "Once they play bigger points better then they will become a great team because they both have the skill set and mind set to become a great doubles team."

Box and Spruch are still trying to their groove in doubles play working with one another, as this was only their second tournament playing side by side.

"They are great singles players that are trying to figure out how to play with each other," said Bruno. "They need to learn how to pick each other up and it will come with time."

The experience gained from the four players that were able to qualify for this tournament will help them prepare for their 2014 spring schedule.

"It was an eye-opener to play the top teams in our region," said Bruno. "We can learn from this and come spring I have no doubt that we will handle ourselves."

The rest of the squad went down to Tucson where Jordan Denesik continues to have an impressive fall season going 2-1 in singles play at the UofA Wildcat Invitational. Denesik was able to win the Consolation Final in the Crimson Flight defeating Mari Taslagyan from Cal State Northridge 6-3, 6-4.

"Jordan is a really good player and now she is proving it with results," said Bruno. "Jordan is believing in herself and her improvement is showing on the court so I am very proud of her."

The Lumberjacks will now take a break from tournaments for a few weeks before they conclude their fall schedule in New Mexico for the University of New Mexico Invite beginning on Nov. 1 in Albuquerque.