Lobos Take Home Two Championship Titles At Season Opener
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/16/2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After a long weekend of weather delays and schedule changes, three freshmen on University of New Mexico’s women’s tennis team left the 2013 Aggie Invitational with a championship title to their name.

Lobo duo Rachana Bhat and Madison Porter picked up the doubles championship title of the Laguna Bracket after defeating their teammates Dominique Dulski and Meredith Hopson, 8-6.  

“We got off to a great start in doubles,” head coach Erica Jasper said. “I was pleased with the improvements we made from the day before and our ability to execute under pressure.”

Netherlands native Lizette Blankers also earned a tournament title for the Lobos. She was named the champion of the Zuni Singles bracket after defeating New Mexico State’s Anniemieke Witte in a three set battle, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2. Hopson played in the championship match of the Acoma Singles bracket, but was defeated by Davina Meza from the University of Texas- El Paso, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.

“In singles we were very competitive across the board. We approved a lot as the tournament went on,” Jasper said.

Porter, Dulski, and Emily Olivier left the invitational with a championship win in consolation play. All three Lobos won the finals match in the back draw of their brackets. Susan Baklini competed in the consolation championship match of the Zia bracket, but fell short to the UTEP’s Daphne Visscher, 7-6, 6-2.

UNM’s Baklini and Olivier made it to the consolation championship match of the Jemez Doubles bracket, but came up short against Northern Arizona’s Johanna Vang and Hailey Rochin (8-3).  

The Lobos next fall tournament is the Falcon Classic in Colorado Springs, Colo. It begins on Sept. 27.

(UNM’s full results below)



Hopson (UNM) def. Peterzalkova (GCU), 6-3, 6-0

Hopson (UNM) def. Shrivastava (NMSU), 6-2, 6-0

Alcaraz (NMSU) def. Baklini (UNM), 6-1, 6-1

Barnes (TSU) def. Porter (UNM), 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-2

Oldham (UA) def. Dulksi (UNM), 6-1, 1-6, 6-2

Bhat (UNM) def. Turnova (GCU), 6-1, 6-2

Bhat (UNM) def. Nguyen (NMSU), 6-2, 6-4

Vang (NAU) def. Bhat (UNM), 6-1, 7-5

Vang (NAU) def. Olivier (UNM), 6-4, 6-1

Blankers (UNM) def. Monier (WNM), 6-0, 6-0

Blankers (UNM) def. Box (NAU), 6-3, 6-2

Blankers (UNM) def. Witte (NMSU), 5-7, 6-0, 6-2


Singles (Consolation Play):

 Baklini (UNM) def. Van de Velde (GCU), 6-3, 6-4

Porter (UNM) def. Gonzales (GCU), 6-2, 6-7

Dulski (UNM) def. Young (GCU), 6-0, 6-0

Olivier (UNM) def. Mitchell (TSU), 6-3, 6-1



Gunuganti/Van de Velde (GCU) def. Blankers/Smith (UNM), 8-6

Dulski/Hopson (UNM) def. Thiffault/Jolliff (NMSU), 8-4

Bhat/Porter (UNM) def. Sprunch/Denesik (NAU), 8-1


Doubles (Consolation Play):

Baklini/Olivier (UNM) def. Van Der Ben (NMSU), 8-5




Blankers (UNM) def. Witte (NMSU), 5-7, 6-0, 6-2

Meza (UTEP) def. Hopson (UNM), 6-4, 6-3, 6-0


Singles (Consolation Play):

Visscher (UTEP) def. Baklini (UNM), 7-6, 6-2

Porter (UNM) def. T. Rochin (NAU), 6-1, 4-6, 10-7

Olivier (UNM) def. Marajanovic (ACU), 1-6, 6-1, 10-7



Bhat/Porter (UNM) def. Dulski/Hopson (UNM), 8-6


Doubles (Consolation Play):

Vang/ H. Rochin (NAU) def. Baklini/Olivier (UNM), 8-3