April 17, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of New Mexico head coach Erica Perkins Jasper and assistant coach Kelcy McKenna are pleased to announce the signing of Albuquerque native, Susan Baklini. She will be one of five outstanding athletes to join the Lobo women’s tennis team in 2013-14.
The Albuquerque, N.M. native Susan Baklini currently plays under head coach Serena Taylor at Eldorado High school. Her highest national ranking this year is 172 and she has an overall record of 9-6. She is the daughter of former UNM tennis player Robert Baklini. She has a twin brother, Sean Baklini. Some of her most recent notable accomplishments are that she was a state runner-up in 2012, placed second in the New Mexico Junior Championship, and advanced to the semi-finals in New Mexico Women’s Open in 2012. She plans on majoring in Journalism.
“We are very excited to sign Susie Baklini—and thrilled that she decided to stay at home and be a Lobo,” Jasper said. “Susie is someone who has a ton of potential. Her dad, Bob, has done a great job teaching her the fundamentals of the game, and she has a solid foundation to continue to improve. With her athleticism and team mentality, I think she is someone who will surprise a lot of people and make some huge jumps in college.”
Baklini will be one of five to join the 2013-14 incoming freshman class for UNM. The incoming class is made up of talented tennis players consisting of Emily Olivier (Spring, Texas), Meredith Hopson (Austin, Texas), Dominique Dulski (Indio, Calif.), Rachana Bhat (Tucson, Ariz.) and Susan Baklini (Albuquerque, N.M.).
These future Lobos are all four-star recruits by TennisRecruiting.net. This means that each one of the players is ranked in the top 125 of their graduating class nationally.
“Coach McKenna and I are very excited about this recruiting class,” Jasper said. “Each one of these young women is extremely motivated to continue to improve both as tennis players and as students—and to put in the work required to do so on a daily basis. They will bring a hunger and a sense of urgency to the team, and we expect all five to make an immediate impact on the court.”
The Lobos will travel to Boise, Idaho to face conference opponents Nevada and Fresno State before heading off to Colorado Springs, Colo. to compete in the Mountain West Championship.
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