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Pucks, Pans, and Passion: A Trip into the Heart of Darkness with Hockey Student Section Leaders

Editor’s Note: This article was originally slated to run ahead of the hockey team’s NCHC quarterfinal series with Omaha, which was later canceled along with the rest of the 2019-2020 NCAA season.

If you happen to find yourself in need of a toothbrush, Ilona Kovacs might be able to help you out.

That’s because a student once bribed her with one, in exchange for being able to sit in the first row of the student section. Sitting there allows one to be next to DU Whiteboard, the large dry erase board Kovacs and fellow sophomore Jack Fowle write taunting messages on for the other team. Continue reading Pucks, Pans, and Passion: A Trip into the Heart of Darkness with Hockey Student Section Leaders

#34 Denver Women’s Tennis Crushes Seattle and CU in Weekend Action

Last weekend was the valley, but now they’ve once again found a peak.

The #34 University of Denver women’s tennis team (9-4, 0-0) bounced back from two frustrating losses last weekend against BYU and Utah (that came days after shocking perennial tennis power South Carolina and then defeating Texas Tech), beating Seattle University 7-0 Friday at Denver Tennis Park, and the University of Colorado 6-1 up the road in Boulder Saturday. Continue reading #34 Denver Women’s Tennis Crushes Seattle and CU in Weekend Action

Longtime women’s tennis associate head coach steps down; replacement named

Update 6/19 – 7:30a MT

In an email to Denver tennis supporters Loewenthal called his time at DU an “incredible journey” and thanked head coach Christian Bass for the opportunity. He also deemed his replacement Jesse Medvene-Collins “one of the brightest coaches in the country”

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The power coaching duo that took the University of Denver women’s tennis team to six straight Summit League titles will soon be no more. This after head coach Christian Bass announced her second-in-charge David Loewenthal (above, far right) will be leaving the program, effective at the end of the month.

“David was a major asset to our tennis program these past six seasons. I appreciate all of his hard work and dedication to help us bring our program to new heights,” said Bass. “The coaching staff and tennis team wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor.”

A tireless worker for the program and his student-athletes, leaving was not an easy decision for Loewenthal. Reached by LetsGoDU Tuesday, he declined comment at this time.

Jesse Medvene-Collins (Source: University of Delaware)

University of Delaware (UD, funny enough) assistant Jesse Medvene-Collins (above) has been hired to replace Loewenthal. He had his last day in Newark on June 6th.  He helped the Blue Hens to a 14-14 record last season. Continue reading Longtime women’s tennis associate head coach steps down; replacement named

DU women’s tennis fills out 2019-20 roster, adds Furman transfer

University of Denver head women’s tennis coach Christian Bass didn’t earn the reputation of being one of the best young coaches in the college game by putting her feet up during the summer months. As soon as the spring season and the school year she hits the road (or a transatlantic flight) looking for future Pioneers. Continue reading DU women’s tennis fills out 2019-20 roster, adds Furman transfer

Big Comeback Falls Short; Nerves doom Mok in NCAA women’s singles tournament

A first set to forget doomed Bianca Mok in the first round of the NCAA women’s singles tournament, as her storied career now comes to a close after a 6-1, 7-6 loss to Kansas star Anastasia “Nas” Rychagova.

“I think overall she was just more steady than I was this time,” Mok said after play ended, referring to their unfinished match in Lawrence two weeks ago. In that contest she was convincingly beating the #13 ranked player in D1 college tennis (it was abandoned after KU clinched the team victory). Continue reading Big Comeback Falls Short; Nerves doom Mok in NCAA women’s singles tournament

Last Pio standing Bianca Mok faces familiar opponent in NCAA singles tournament

In the traditional three-act structure employed in narrative fiction, the final act  is resolution, with first a climax and then everything tied up and resolved.

Monday, on the hot and humid shores of Lake Nona in Orlando, DU senior Bianca Mok will be standing in the middle of the third and final act of her rivalry with University of Kansas juggernaut Anastasia “Nas” Rychagova, the #13 singles player in college tennis. The two will square off at 3:30pm MT in the first round of the 64-player NCAA singles tournament (the doubles tournament is this week as well but the Pios did not have a team that qualified). Continue reading Last Pio standing Bianca Mok faces familiar opponent in NCAA singles tournament