Senior lacrosse star Ethan Walker has an extra year of eligibility. Junior women’s lacrosse star Quintin Hoch-Bullen now has two years of eligibility. Freshman women’s golf star Anna Zanusso – the same Anna Zanusso who carded an NCAA record 61 earlier this year – gets a full 4-year do-over. Yesterday, the NCAA Executive Council approved an extra year of eligibility for all spring NCAA Division I and II athletes. In the case of the University of Denver, this includes the men’s and women’s lacrosse, tennis, and golf.
The last two days have felt like a decade. Every five minutes, the news cycle delivered a new body blow and the bad news flowed flowing like the dang Colorado River. On Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA delivered the news that fans would not be permitted to attend any winter sports championships including March Madness and the NCAA Hockey Tournament. This news, of course, was followed up by the NBA suspending its season Wednesday night after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus, better known to some as COVID-19. And that was just Wednesday. Continue reading And now, some good news: spring athletes to be granted extra year of eligibility, per reports→
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→
The past weekend was bookended by a premier lacrosse showdown between #8 DU and #11 Duke at a sold-out Peter Barton Stadium and #5 Denver Gymnastics performing in front of 5,500 fans in Magness Arena. If athletics are ‘the front porch’ of a university, Denver was just a few heads short of a visit from the fire marshall. Continue reading Roller Coaster Weekend for DU Athletics and Fans→
The University of Denver women’s tennis team (5-2, 0-0) swept Montana (1-6, 0-0) 7-0 Friday at Denver Tennis Park. Freshman Alessia Truden also won an exhibition match. The victory pumped in some morale after losing to Wisconsin last weekend, and ahead of a date Sunday with a marquee opponent. Continue reading Pioneers Maul Grizzlies 7-0→
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”
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.
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.