For the fourth year in a row, the DU women’s tennis team took home the Summit League Championship. Denver earned the championship with a 4-0 victory over University of South Dakota on April 29 in Indianapolis.
DU won the doubles competition cleanly, as all three teams refused to give up a point. The No. 15-ranked duo of junior Julia O’Loughlin (Highland Beach, Florida) and senior Maureen Slattery (Newport News, Virginia) won their set 6-0, as did sophomore Bianca Mok (Boise, Idaho) and senior Morgan Barnhill (Austin, Texas). Freshman Claire Koke (Calgary, Alberta) and senior Sonja Radosevic (Miami, Florida) were leading their match 5-0 when the competition was called off early.
The No. 1-3 singles competitors finished first, allowing the Pioneers to clinch the 4-0 win. O’Loughlin earned her victory in 6-3 and 6-0 sets. Slattery downed her opponent in two 6-1 sets, while Mok rounded out the day’s competition with a pair of dominating 6-0 set wins.
A few days earlier, Slattery was named the Summit League Player of the Year on April 27. She finished 6-0 in Summit League singles competitions, while also posting a 6-0 record in doubles with her partner O’Loughlin.
Head Coach Christian Thompson brought home Summit League Coach of the Year honors after guiding her team to a perfect inner-conference season. Denver dominated the league, outscoring opponents in the regular season 42-0. It was the second consecutive season she brought home the award.
The Pioneers also earned an automatic berth for the 2017 NCAA Tournament, which will take place May 12-14 and 18-29 in Athens, Georgia.