Women’s tennis dominant in Summit League play

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The No. 41 DU women’s tennis team racked up two Summit League wins against South Dakota State University and University of Nebraska Omaha, downing both opponents 7-0. Denver earned both victories on the road, defeating the Jackrabbits in Sioux Falls, North Dakota on April 14 and the Mavericks in Omaha, Nebraska on April 15.

Against SDSU, all six of Denver’s participants in the singles competition earned wins, with only one going to three sets. In a hard-fought win, junior Julia O’Loughlin (Highland Beach, Florida) downed her opponent 6-3 and 10-3 after dropping the first set 6-7.

Redshirt sophomore Arisha Ladhani (Vancouver, British Columbia) only lost one point, winning her matches 6-0 and 6-1.

Playing without her usual partner senior Maureen Slattery (Newport News, Virginia), O’Loughlin was unable to find victory in her doubles match. She and senior Sonja Radosevic (Miami, Florida) dropped the competition 6-3.

The Pioneers’ other two doubles teams were more successful, as combinations of Ladhani and freshman Claire Koke (Calgary, Alberta), as well as sophomore Bianca Mok (Boise, Idaho) and senior Morgan Barnhill (Austin, Texas), were able to win their matches 6-1.

In their next matchup of the week, DU would again sweep the singles competition by winning all six against the Mavericks. Suiting up against UNO, Slattery, fresh off of earning Summit League Player of the Week honors, checked in another dominant performance in refusing to relinquish one point by winning both of her sets 6-0.

In the doubles competition, Denver swept the competition. The No. 12 ranked combination of Slattery and O’Loughlin reunited, earning a commanding victory via a 6-1 score.

Denver improved to 13-6 on the season, including a sparkling 4-0 against conference opponents. The team’s next opponent is the University of Utah, who will travel to the Mile High City for a match on April 18.

Braiden is a senior at the University of Denver and currently in his third year working in the sports section at The Clarion. Originally from Aurora, Colorado, he is studying Finance, Economics and Data Analytics in the Daniels College of Business. He is also involved on campus with the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and was previously a Resident Assistant. He enjoys rooting for the Broncos, Avalanche, Nuggets, Marlins, Buffaloes and of course, the Pioneers. In his free time, as well as playing basketball and hockey.

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