at Beach Tennis Invitational
Lobos come back home on two solid doubles wins at the end of the final day
Senior Kristin Eggleston and Sophomore Katie Wookey rose to the top in singles
Four singles players come out on top after first day of tournament
First-year Coach Erica Perkins Jasper returns two All-Mountain West players in her push to return the swagger to Lobo tennis
Sarah Mahboob Khan wins white singles title and Nikolina Grbac wins consolation title in Turquoise draw
2011-12: Freshman Season
Maria Sablina finished the season with an overall singles record of 11-19 and a dual match record of 6-13. She had her most wins in singles at the number four spot. In doubles, she posted an overall record of 11-18 and a dual match record of 8-12. She mostly played at number one doubles, where she recorded a record of 6-8. She was named to the 2011-12 All-Mountain West Team for doubles. This was her first time for doubles with partner Michaela Bezdickova. She received the Academic All-Conference Award for spring 2012.
Prior to UNM
She is a 2011 graduate from M.I. Tsvetaeva No 1619 in Moscow, Russia and was accepted into Shamil Tarpisvhev International Tennis Academy.
She is the daughter of Natalia Sablina. Maria enjoys traveling and listening to music. Her favorite athlete is Jennifer Capriati. Her nickname given by the team is the "Killer." She plans to major in Business Administration.
Getting to know Maria Sablina:
Is the UNM athletic department community based? Does the tennis team go to other sporting events to support UNM?
"Yes, a lot of athletes communicate with each other. It doesn't matter what sports they are playing. The tennis team goes to other sporting events to support our friends and UNM. We go to all the different sports and they in turn come to ours."
Do you feel that the program has made you a better tennis player (mentally, physically) and why?
"Yes definitely. The program has made me a much better player. I am stronger mentally and physically. I've never worked this hard until I came here at UNM. I feel like progress has been made every day I'm out on the court and in class. The program has certainly influenced me mentally. I think that the more you work on something, the better result that you will get back. I have been working hard and it is certainly paying off."