Category Archives: Women’s Tennis

Women’s Tennis buoyed by Founder’s presence

Sure, it was a loss to Rice (4-3) and a win against Minnesota (6-1) but the highlight of the weekend for DU Women’s Tennis was off the court. The DU women’s tennis team was in awe when meeting LetsGoDU founder Damien Goddard in his corporate headquarter town of Houston.

Goddard holding court

The Pioneer legend witnessed the Pioneers first-hand against Rice and Minnesota – and provided tennis tips along the way. Goddard was known for a vicious backhand as a student at DU.

Some second hand reports state that some team members were moved to tears – not with the loss to Rice or the big win against Minnesota but with the opportunity to meet the Texas icon.

Goddard invited the team to visit Houston again. And his thought about the weekend? “I can’t believe they fly coach.”

Pioneering Excellence this Winter

Denver’s upset of top-five Stony Brook was a milestone in the Pioneers’ program development. Photo: Marc Piscotty

While men’s hockey and lacrosse take up the lion’s share of fan interest for most Pioneer fans, it’s important to recognize some other DU athletic teams who continue to climb higher into national prominence and greater conference impact:

  • The 13th-ranked DU women’s lacrosse team beat its very first top five opponent since coach Liza Kelly took the helm in 2006, upsetting (#6/#4) Stony Brook (N.Y.) University, 11-7, behind Bea Behrins’ three-goal hat trick. This was a statement win for the program.  The Pios have been a top-20 program for a while now, but have had trouble beating the very top echelon teams. Sunday’s win over SBU kept DU undefeated at 4-0 and may see the Pioneers knocking on the door of a top-10 ranking. The Michigan Wolverines come to town this Tuesday to face the surging Pioneers for a 12 noon start.
  • The sixth-ranked DU women’s gymnastics team scored its second highest all-time score (and the highest score of this season) with a 197.725 on Sunday afternoon before over 4,000 fans at Magness Arena, to win the meet over Iowa State and Boise State. This kind of scoring should keep DU in the hunt for a top-five national ranking as the season moves into the stretch run.
  • The DU men’s (#24th nationally) and (#47) women’s swim teams once again won the Summit League title for the sixth year in a row. DU was so dominant at the Summit League Championships that the DU women set an all-time league record for points, and DU mens and women swimmers won 37 of 38 of the swimming events overall.  That’s an incredible achievement – perhaps the swimming equivalent of winning the Summit League basketball title game by 30 points, and repeating the winning margin for six straight years.
  • DU women’s basketball (15-12, 8-6 Summit league) continued its rise into a winning program with a dramatic road win at North Dakota.  Often-injured senior Pioneer Haley Simental hit the long-range three point shot-of-her-college-career to send the game into overtime at the buzzer, in a game that the Pios would later win, 92-91. With the OT win, the Pios’ have earned at least a top-five seed at the Summit League tournament next month.
  • The DU women’s tennis team, ranked #40 nationally, are 7-2 this year in a sport where 317 teams compete nationally.  DU has already defeated brand name schools such as Oregon, Wisconsin, BYU and Colorado this season.

All of these teams deserve our support, and we look forward to seeing how they compete in the coming months.



Denver Tennis Park rises from the ground

The Denver Tennis Park construction, featuring a 13-court facility  seven indoor and six outdoor, is well underway at 1500 S. Franklin St. in Denver. The facility is situated between South High School and I-25.


Groundbreaking was held in August and actual construction on the building began in January. The Denver Tennis Park complex is scheduled to open in November. Continue reading Denver Tennis Park rises from the ground

Denver Tennis Park advocates address community concerns

Photo: Courtesy of Denver Metro Media

The Denver Tennis Park (DTP) is currently under construction and expected to be complete in 10 months. The site is situated on a triangle of land on South Franklin Street between South High School and I-25.

Photo: Denver tennis Park (DTP) construction should be complete by next summer

Continue reading Denver Tennis Park advocates address community concerns

Pioneers reach unprecedented heights, finish in top 5 of Capital One Cup standings

After a year that saw the University of Denver athletic department experience a few exciting firsts…and an astounding, much-needed eighth, the Pioneers, DU’s men’s sports specifically, were properly recognized for a strong showing over the course of the year. As Florida topped LSU in the Men’s College World Series earlier this week, the 2016-17 NCAA Division I calendar came to an end. After the dust settled and the points were tallied, the DU men finished in the top five, number four to be exact, of the men’s Capital One Cup standings for the first time ever. Continue reading Pioneers reach unprecedented heights, finish in top 5 of Capital One Cup standings

Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

Photo Courtesy University of Denver Magazine

LetsGoDU friend CD Dunks reminds us that there is no need to use the term ‘mid-major’. And the same goes for ‘secondary sport’ – i.e. any sport that is not called football or Power-Five conference basketball. The big question is: Has Peg Bradley-Doppes simply built one of the finest athletic department in the land?  Continue reading Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

Denver tennis facility nears final approval

Photo: The proposed Denver Tennis Park site layout presented for public comment on March 24th

We told you about a proposed new tennis center at South High a year ago and now the project appears closer to fruition than ever.

A Denver sport that toils without a great deal of public visibility is DU men’s and women’s tennis. Historically, Denver has had both singles and doubles players ranked in the top 10 nationally and has a proud tradition of success. However, men’s head coach Ricardo Rubio and women’s head coach Christian Thompson have been fighting an uphill recruiting battle armed with a small and aging outdoor Stapleton Tennis Center with no on-campus indoor courts. Despite success with Summit League titles, DU has been slipping nationally in the recruiting battles. Continue reading Denver tennis facility nears final approval

WATCH: DU Women’s Tennis competes at Blue Gray Tournament in Alabama

While DU’s hockey and men’s lacrosse teams were busy dispatching their opponents in Denver this weekend, DU’s women’s tennis team traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to compete in the annual Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. They came away with a 4-3 win over Texas and it was valuable experience playing against some of the top teams in the country. Continue reading WATCH: DU Women’s Tennis competes at Blue Gray Tournament in Alabama

Puck Swami: Is the men’s soccer team making the 2016 College Cup DU’s greatest sporting achievement?


When Denver centerback  Kortne Ford (above/Photo by David Grooms) carved open the Clemson backline to convert Alex Underwood’s cross to score the game-winning goal in Dec.2’s NCAA Soccer Quarterfinal with a minute left in the game to book a first-ever DU berth in the College Cup, it set off a big celebration for every Pioneer fan.

I would argue that it may have been one of DU’s greatest collegiate sporting achievements of all time.  Here’s why: Continue reading Puck Swami: Is the men’s soccer team making the 2016 College Cup DU’s greatest sporting achievement?