OGDEN, Utah – Head coach Kim Bruno, of the Northern Arizona women's tennis team, had to replace a lot of key players from the 2013 squad. She looked to some key returners to lead the 2014 squad, while also looking incoming players to step up. Bruno got both this season as top returner Johanna Vang was named to the First Team All-Big Sky and freshman Hailey Rochin earned Honorable Mention.
"I am so proud of our girls because it says a lot about this team," said Bruno.
Vang did an amazing job of leading this team this season on and off the court. Vang led the team in wins this season in singles with 12 and was tied for fourth in the conference with eight wins in the Big Sky on the No. 1 court. Vang was second in the Big Sky with the most wins at the No. 1 position during conference matches.
The native of Sweden was instrumental in NAU's historic win over Sacramento State as she went undefeated with a win on the No. 1 court in singles and a win in doubles along with Sarah Maria Spruch on the No. 2 court. Last season, Vang earned Honorable Mention in the Big Sky and embraced the leadership role this season as the No. 1. Vang was not only exceptional on the court this season but also off the court as she has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
"Johanna went from honorable mention to first team and continues to improve every single year," said Bruno. "She has stuck with what we do here at Lumberjack Tennis and that takes dedication, hard work and belief in our coaching staff and what we do here."
Rochin improved each match throughout her freshman campaign and proved that she is a force to be reckoned with in the Big Sky. Rochin was tied for second on the team in singles wins with 10, playing her best tennis when it mattered most, during conference play. On the No. 4 court, Rochin went 8-5 and played stellar in the Big Sky with a 7-3 record in singles play. Rochin was a force in doubles on the No. 1 court as her and Emelia Box picked up 10 wins throughout the season, five of those wins were during conference play.
"Hailey has come so far in this season and has improved mentally, physically and technically," said Bruno. "She started the season not being able to win a match for us but she ended the season strong and lived up to the expectations. She is going to be a force for her four years and will be tough to beat in the Big Sky."
Northern Arizona finished second in the Big Sky with an 8-2 record in the conference and the Lumberjacks will return everyone except lone senior Tatum Rochin.