Denver Set to Open the 2017-2018 Spring Season
O'Laughlin and Mok headline the group of returners
Jan. 24, 2018
The University of Denver women’s tennis team will begin its quest for its fifth-consecutive Summit League title and fifth-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance when the team opens the spring season at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kick-Off from Feb. 26-28 in Atlanta, Ga.
The Pioneers return four (4) players from the 2016-2017 season where the team finished 19-7 (6-0 Summit League) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Denver will be led by senior co-captains Julia O’Laughlin and Gracia Mboko as well as junior Bianca Mok.
O’Laughlin returns to the Pioneers after finishing with a 14-9 (5-0 Summit League) record last season, earning All-American honors and being named Summit League Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. She is ranked 65th in the nation in singles.
Mok finished last season with a 16-7 (5-0 Summit League) mark and was the standout player for the Pioneers at the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational from Jan. 13-15, defeating No. 81 Natalie Suk (University of Mississippi) 7-5, 6-0 in singles play and joining O’Loughlin to top No. 13 Arianne Hantoro and Alexa Bortles (Ole Miss) in doubles play, 6-4. The 2016 All-Summit League student-athlete enters this season ranked 35th in the nation in doubles play with freshman Camille Verden-Anderson.
Thompson enters her fifth season with the Pioneers. Under Thompson’s direction, Denver has won four (4) Summit League titles and earned four (4) NCAA tournament berths. She has been twice-named Summit League Coach of the Year.
Denver’s first home match is set for Feb. 9 against Utah State.
ALUMNI GIVING CHALLENGE
The University of Denver is holding and alumni giving challenge for the 2017-2018 season in an effort to increase student-athlete alumni participation in the Denver Athletics Annual Fund. The sport with the highest percentage of alumni participation will receive an additional $10,000 of support through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Alumni can make a gift online, by calling 303-871-2388 during normal business hours or by sending a check to:
Athletics Development Office
2201 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
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