2011-12: Sophomore Season

Nikolina ("Nina") Grbac posted an overall singles record of 8-19 and a dual match record of 4-11. In doubles, she finished the season with an overall record of 13-17 and a dual match record of 8-10. Her best position in doubles was at the number one spot where she finished 4-1 for the season. . She was one out of three for UNM women's tennis to be named a Mountain West Scholar Athlete for 2011-12. She received the Academic All-Conference Award for spring 2012.

2010-2011: Freshman Season

At number two singles, she compiled some impressive wins against UTEP, ACU, NMSU, Montana State, and at number three against conference rivals USAFA and Colorado State. In doubles, she was teamed with another freshman Michaela Bezdickova, who together won seven out of nine matches in the number two position against teams such as Northern Arizona University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and Abilene Christian University. She was named Most Improved Player at UNM.

Prior to UNM

She is a 2010 graduate from Boca Prep International School in Boca Raton, Fla. and was named Salutatorian and earned all A's. She says her greatest thrill during those years was winning the 2008 World Babolat Cup in Paris, France.


Originally from Pula, Croatia, this hard working sophomore is the daughter of Mirjana and Mladen Grbac and has one sister Paula, and one brother Robert. She likes to eat Gnocchi and plans to major in Biology.

Getting to know Nikolina Grbac:

What is it like to be a part of the UNM women's tennis team?

"It's an honor to be a part of the tennis team. It is definitely a unique experience because tennis is an individual sport, but we compete as a team to achieve victories."

What is it like traveling to other schools to play against them? Is there such thing as a home court advantage in tennis?

"It feels good especially because we go there to play tennis and compete, to represent UNM, and we get to visit new places. Yes, there is a home court advantage especially because we practice on a slightly different surface and altitude than other colleges and we get support from our home audience."