FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis team will play its final tournament of the fall season as they participate in the University of New Mexico Invite in Albuquerque. This will be the fifth and final tournament for the Lumberjacks as head coach Kim Bruno has incorporated four new players into the mix this season.
"I think we have made big strides in our play this fall," said Bruno. "Our singles play has improved each tournament and now we are going to look to finish strong in our doubles play."
Bruno will be pairing up new players to share the court together this weekend as the Rochin sisters, Hailey Rochin and Tatum Rochin will play doubles together for the first time this season. The other doubles team for the Lumberjacks this weekend will be sophomore Jordan Denesik and junior Sarah Spruch.
"New Mexico always puts on a tough tournament with a lot of good competition throughout the country," said Bruno. "I want to see some wins and see where we are at the end of our fall season."
Northern Arizona has seen great improvements from its younger players and has stepped up this fall with big wins coming from Hailey Rochin and Denesik.
"Hailey is hands down one of our best doubles players this year," said Bruno. "She brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the court and that is what we need from our players."
"Jordan has made great strides this fall," said Bruno. "This weekend, I want to see how mentally tough she will be against some tough competition and if she can handle the pressure this weekend then she will be outstanding for us this spring."
With a few of Bruno's top players not traveling this week due to injury, Bruno will look to the younger players to step up.
"Johanna (Vang) has been solid this fall and has been a great leader," said Bruno. "But now I'm looking for our younger players like Hailey and Olivia (Headford) to shine in this last tournament and see where we have improved."
The Lumberjacks will begin play on Friday, Nov. 1, in Albuquerque.