“I feel like the luckiest coach in college tennis.”
Those were the direct words of DU women’s tennis coach Christian Bass after the Pios trashed Summit rival South Dakota 7-0, talking about the honor of coaching seniors Bianca Mok, Arisha Ladhani, and Hannah Templeton.
The match under sunny skies at Denver Tennis Park was a footnote, with no Coyote player winning more than 3 games off a Pio opponent. Coach Bass switched her doubles lineup to allow the senior co-captains (and roommates) Mok and Ladhani to play together in doubles in a 6-2 victory.
The #47 Pioneers (15-5, 5-0) are on a two match win streak, and have yet to lose at the new Denver Tennis Park. The win today was a rematch of last year’s Summit League tournament final, where the Pioneers also won with a sweep.
The Crimson and Gold are also Summit League champions for the sixth-straight year.
“It was a good match, South Dakota is a team that’s always challenging us,” Associate head coach David Loewenthal said.
“On one hand it was nice to see our girls take care of business but on the other it was a little emotional at times.”
Seniors praised for high performance, high grades
Afterwards at the Senior Day ceremony, Loewenthal announced that Mok had won 124 matches in her DU career (100 victories is considered exceptional).
Loewenthal, known for his calm and composed demeanor, was clearly dealing with emotion during the ceremony.
“It’s hard to imagine things without these three on the team.”
Besides the 124 career wins, Mok played in last year’s NCAA doubles tournament alongside program All-American Julia O’Loughlin. She is expected to get a bid play in this year’s singles tournament in Orlando.
Ladhani, a redshirt senior who transferred from UC Irvine, was 3-time All-Summit and took home conference player of the week honors twice.
She also was a recipient of last year’s ITA Scholar-Athlete award.
Templeton graduated in three years from the University of South Carolina, and enrolled in graduate business courses at DU. The brainy “HT” received a job offer from Deloitte and is looking forward to a new adventure as a consultant with the accounting giant.
The three seniors had a combined GPA of 3.749.
The Pioneers will soon pack their bags for Tulsa, site of this year’s Summit League tournament next Friday and Saturday. First opponent Friday at 8a for the #1 seed Pioneers is….South Dakota. #2 seed North Dakota and #3 Nebraska-Omaha are the other two qualifiers.
NCAA selections are scheduled for that next Monday the 29th, where the Pioneers will go to one of 16 TBD regional sites for the first two rounds.