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#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

#BringTheRacquet: Men’s, women’s tennis teams in Saturday event to fight cancer

Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams are off until the end of the month but that doesn’t mean they won’t be getting the racquets out.

This Saturday from 12pm to 2pm the Pioneers will be on hand for a unique event at Denver Tennis Park. They’ll be helping out in a charity event that will include instruction, mixed doubles matches and other fun activities for the public.

The event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), an organization that each year holds a national ten-week “Man and Woman of the Year” fundraising competition. Last year LLS says they raised $1.5 million for their Rocky Mountain chapter through the campaign.

The Saturday organizers are requesting a minimum donation Saturday of $75 per participant. Continue reading #BringTheRacquet: Men’s, women’s tennis teams in Saturday event to fight cancer

#BringTheRacquet: Pioneers Women’s Tennis demolishes Omaha 7-0

It was like the Pioneer ladies turned on the gusto to be able to watch some of the DU/UND conference playoff hockey game.

It only took around two hours for the Pio women’s tennis team to sweep an overmatched University of Nebraska at Omaha squad. The Mavericks were forced to drive from Nebraska after the bomb cyclone Wednesday put flights to Denver into disarray.  Continue reading #BringTheRacquet: Pioneers Women’s Tennis demolishes Omaha 7-0

#BringTheRacquet: Saturday match, Wimbledon-inspired tailgate canceled

Some unfortunate news courtesy of Mother Nature.

With Wednesday’s blizzard still causing a travel nightmare across the Plains and Rockies, the 11 am DU Saturday women’s tennis match at Denver Tennis Park against South Dakota has been canceled. That also shelves the first annual Wimbledon-inspired party that was set to happen outside the Denver Tennis Park at 10 am. Continue reading #BringTheRacquet: Saturday match, Wimbledon-inspired tailgate canceled