Thanks to Geoff Gunn for this report
After only two years, the newly re-instituted Bronco women's tennis program, led by head coach Zeljka Vidic, has once again reached national prominence, finishing as the 9th best team in the nation among NJCAA junior colleges, according to the new poll by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
The Lady Broncos cracked the top 10 list with excellent play this past Fall in two ‘off-season' tournaments, the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Women's Tennis ChampionshipTournament, held in Laredo, TX on Sept. 24-26, and the 22nd Annual Collin County Community College Fall Open, held in Plano, TX on Oct. 8-9.
"They are extraordinary group of young women who work very hard and set high goals for themselves," said coach Vidic."In a short period of time they have risen to the top of Intercollegiate tennis and had tremendous success against established powerhouses. I am extremely proud of all of them."
With national recognition, comes individual accolades as well - four of the NMMI netters are ranked in the top 100:
· Sophomore Karla Martinez, who reached the finals in the top-flighted singles bracket at the Collin County tourney, tops the list for singles, coming in a No.6.
· After battling through to the second-flight's consolation bracket finals at the same Collin County tourney, Freshman Litia Godinet is No. 29,
· Freshman Adalyn Hazelman, whose older brother played tennis for the Broncos last season, is listed at No. 60. Hazelman reached the quarterfinals in the third flight's main draw.
· Alyssa Hawkins, a new freshman student-athlete from Pohnpei, Micronesia, is No. 94
And two of the Bronco's doubles teams are ranked the top 30:
· The Martinez/Godinet tandem is listed at No. 9. They won the consolation draw at the Southwest Regional tourney, and went all the way to the finals in the Collin County tourney.
· Hazelman and fellow freshman Samantha Dunn are ranked No. 30. They lost to teammates Martinez/Godinet in the consolation finals at the Southwest Regionals.