The University of Denver women’s tennis team (9-3, 0-0) returns to Denver Tennis Park Friday afternoon to take on Oral Roberts (1-9, 0-0) at 1pm. FREE pizza will be served for fans courtesy DU tennis.
For head coach Christian Bass, she has her eyes firmly focused for a sixth-straight league title.
While the struggling Golden Eagles would seemingly be the perfect opponents to open conference play, she’s taking nothing for granted.
“We have actually quite a few of our girls coming out for some extra hits,” Bass explains. “They are absolutely not being complacent this week which is awesome heading into this weekend’s match.”
Following last weekend’s away matches in Houston where they played inconsistently in a loss to Rice before soundly defeating Minnesota, co-captain Arisha Ladhani says she and her teammates are back on track.
“I think practice has been great since then and we’ve just been focusing on every ball every point, giving it 100%,” the redshirt senior says.
The other captain, senior Bianca Mok received yet more good news this week, after seeing her ITA singles rank rise to #82.
Ladhani says playing alongside someone that good has benefits for the whole team: “Practicing against that every day in practice is huge, getting to see the best of the best.”
Meanwhile, ORU director of tennis Mark Milner had this to say:
“We are excited to play the defending Summit League champions. They have a tremendous team and are very well coached. We expect a fun match and our girls are looking forward to it.”
Does Bass know her squad has a target on its back?
“Absolutely, every summit league match that we play they’re gunning for us and have been every year for the past five years,” she says.
Former DU Atlanta Alumni Network president and recent “re-transplant” to Denver Jason Evans has joined the LetsGoDU team and will bring you all the latest news from the world of DU women’s tennis, defending Summit League champions the past five years. But do more than read – experience if you can! Come #bringtheracquet in person at their new home at I-25 and Franklin the Denver Tennis Park.