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#Bringtheracquet: DU women’s tennis blasts South Dakota 7-0 on Senior Day

“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. Continue reading #Bringtheracquet: DU women’s tennis blasts South Dakota 7-0 on Senior Day

#Bringtheracquet: women’s tennis prepares to honor seniors in Friday match vs. South Dakota

During a heated volley drill sophomore Camille Verden-Anderson slams the ball home with an intense fury.

But then she has to walk away and looks to be in pain. Is she injured?

“I got hair in my eye,” she calls out in her thick English accent.

“You should get hair in your eye more often,” associate head coach David Loewenthal responds with a chuckle.

Coming into their last regular season match the #47 Pioneers (14-5, 5-0) are definitely turning it up a notch, realizing this is not the time to get complacent. As head coach Christian Bass constantly reminds them, the key is to stay aggressive and not take anything for granted. Continue reading #Bringtheracquet: women’s tennis prepares to honor seniors in Friday match vs. South Dakota

Women’s tennis crushes Western Illinois 7-0; Wednesday match canceled

 

In a small-town rec center that apparently once played host to an exhibition match between Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver in the 1970s, DU women’s tennis (14-5, 4-0) put on a show of their own, crushing the Western Illinois Leathernecks 7-0 in Galesburg, IL.

The win keeps the #43 Crimson and Gold perfect in Summit League play and ends a two-match losing streak after two close losses last weekend against Arizona and Arizona State.

Looking to try different things ahead of rapidly-approaching  postseason play, the Pioneers tried some different lineups in doubles. The normal #1 dubs team of Bianca Mok and Camille Verden-Anderson was split up. The super-senior Mok played with freshman Toni Nelson, while Verden-Anderson teamed up with fellow sophomore Anna Riedmiller.

“[The] girls took care of business,” associate head coach David Loewenthal said after the victory.

He wasn’t kidding. In the singles, Sophmores Camille Verden-Anderson and Hada Chang both served their opponents “bagel breakfasts,” winning 6-0, 6-0 in the #5 and #6 matches respectively.

The DU coaches also announced that due to a scheduling issue, the Pios match with Wyoming Wednesday has been canceled.  That leaves just one regular season match, on Friday against South Dakota (rescheduled from March 16th, when weather prevented USD from making it to Colorado).

The team has a ceremony planned Friday to honor senior co-captains Mok and Arisha Ladhani, as well as Hannah Templeton (who has already completed her degree and is taking graduate courses).

“[The team] is excited and inspired about the upcoming senior week for both Arisha and Bianca, as well as Hannah,” Loewenthal said.

From: IMDB
From: Australian Government

As for the November 1976 battle in tiny Galesburg between the “Rocket” and the “Ice-Borg,” Borg took down the much older Laver 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3. According to a local newspaper, each of the tennis stars were paid $7,500 for their appearance.

#BringTheRacquet: Fearless play leads DU women’s tennis to 4-0 sweep of Utah

 

DU women’s tennis has spent tons of time in practice learning to be one thing: aggressive. And they know that’s what they’ll have to be if they expect to take down three Power Five teams from the Pac-12 in the coming days.

“Stay inside the blue” is a phrase you hear a lot at practice. Redirect your shots quickly, don’t let your rival know what hit them.

“It’s moving forward on everything, returning and coming in, serving and volleying coming in,” head coach Christian Bass said, after the #42 Pioneers upset #39 Utah 4-0 at Denver Tennis Park to win their fifth-straight (and play their first match outdoors at DTP). “Were doing formations, one ball and coming in, so we’re putting pressure on our opponents, not giving them the first high ball to be able to do something with”

The Pios (13-3, 3-0)  captured the doubles point and fought hard in singles to get the sweep over Utah (11-6, 2-3). Bass says she knew doubles was going to be a battle, calling Utah very solid at poaching (where one player intercepts a return shot meant for their teammate in order to catch their rivals off-guard)

“They hit some very big first serves, and they were able to do a lot on their service game, and I thought we did a pretty good job moving forward off of returns and limiting the poaching,” Bass said.

Camille Verden-Anderson

In singles sophomore Camille Verden-Anderson again won first, crushing Whitney Hekking 6-0, 6-1 in the #5 spot. Team co-captain and #92 nationally Bianca Mok then took down her friend and familiar opponent Brianna Chisholm 7-5, 6-1 in the #1 singles position.

Mok’s fellow captain Arisha Ladhani struggled early, going down 4-1 at one point before regaining her composure to win the set 7-5 (that match was abandoned after claimed the fourth point). “When I was down 5-2, I was like I’m just going to go back to the basics, focus on my strengths, once I got that [set] to go 5-3 I was like let’s take this all the way,” she said after DU wrapped things up.

Utah was just the first step in a tough week for the team. They’ll travel to play the University of Arizona in Tucson Saturday before heading up the freeway to Phoenix Sunday to take on #44 Arizona State.

#BringTheRacquet: DU Women’s Tennis begins key series of Pac-12 matches

DU women’s tennis has “hockey fever.” Listen to the team talk about being in the arena in Fargo Saturday to watch Luko and company. 

If there’s one thing University of Denver head women’s tennis coach Christian Bass wants you to know about her team, it comes down to two words she uses: “match tough.” Continue reading #BringTheRacquet: DU Women’s Tennis begins key series of Pac-12 matches

DU women’s tennis pummels North Dakota; now battles freeway to get to hockey game

Mission One: Beat North Dakota
Mission Two: Get to Fargo in Time for Hockey
From: North Dakota Athletics

The #43 University of Denver women’s tennis team crushed Summit League rival North Dakota Saturday afternoon 7-0.

The Pioneers (12-3, 3-0) cruised in doubles play to take the first point and there wasn’t much fight in the Fighting Hawks after that. Continue reading DU women’s tennis pummels North Dakota; now battles freeway to get to hockey game