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Denver Set to Open the 2017-2018 Spring Season

Jan. 24, 2018

DENVER -

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.

Denver is set to open the ITA Kick-Off on Saturday, Jan. 27 against Dartmouth College at 12 p.m. MT. Sunday's match time is dependant on Saturday's result. Other teams participating in the ITA Kick-Off include the University of South Florida and host Georgia Institute of Technology.  

“We have battled Dartmouth the past few seasons, whether it be a fall tournament or dual match," Denver coach Christian Thompson said. "They are a team that fights hard and we have had exciting, competitive matches with them. We have been preparing the past two weeks to put ourselves in the best position possible to be successful and earn our way to National Indoors.”

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.


 

 

Redshirt junior Arisha Ladhani also returns to help guide the Pioneers’ freshmen class of Hada Chang, Anna Reidmiller and 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 onlineby calling 303-871-2388 during normal business hours or by sending a check to:

Athletics Development Office

Attn: Kaley Rickert

2201 E. Asbury Avenue 

Denver, CO 80208

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