Lobos Ink Four to Tennis in Early Signing Period

Nov. 15, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of New Mexico head coach Erica Perkins Jasper and assistant coach Kelcy McKenna are pleased to announce the signing of four outstanding athletes that will join the Lobo women’s tennis team in 2013-14.

The incoming class is made up of talented tennis players consisting of Emily Olivier (Spring, Texas), Meredith Hopson (Austin, Texas), Dominique Dulski (Indio, Calif.) and Rachana Bhat (Tucson, Ariz.).

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 four to make an immediate impact on the court.”

The Spring, Texas native Emily Olivier currently plays under head coach Holly Cannon at Klein High School. Her highest national ranking this year is 121 and she has an overall record of 25-23. Both of her parents Ken and Cheryl Olivier played tennis for UT-Tyler and East Texas State respectively. She has an older sister, Sheri Olivier, who played for Texas A&M from 2008-12 and was also a four-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net. She has many relatives that have played college tennis besides her parents and sister including her grandfather Carmack Berryman Sr. (San Diego State University), her uncle Carmack Berryman Jr. (East Texas State University), and her great uncle Alex Gordon (University of California-Los Angeles). She plans on majoring in business.

“Emily has a huge game that will pay dividends in college,” Jasper said. “Her attitude and on court instincts set her apart for most girls out there on the junior circuit—especially in doubles.  We believe Emily will surprise a lot of people during her college career.”

The Austin, Texas native Meredith Hopson currently plays under head coach Kim Riley at Westlake High School. Her highest national ranking this year is 79 and she has an overall record of 31-22. Her most recent notable events are as a finalist at the Texas SuperChamps Excellence Tournament in Sept., and she finished in third place in doubles with fellow future Lobo Emily Olivier at a USTA National Open in July. Her mother, Anne, played tennis at the University of Arkansas and was the university’s first female scholarship athlete. Her father, Keith, played tennis, football and ran track at Austin College. She three relatives that played collegiate sports including her aunt Beth Forney Reifsteck who played tennis (Hendrix College), and her cousins Dr. Matt Forestiere and 1st Lt. Erik Forestiere who played baseball (Baylor University). She plans on going into the Health Science academic field.

“We started the recruiting process a little late with Meredith and feel very fortunate that she will be a Lobo next fall,” Jasper said. “Meredith has a great all-around game and has been a top ranked player in Texas throughout her junior career.  She has exceptionally high goals for herself, which fits in well with the goals for our program.”

The Indio, Calif. native Dominique Duslki currently attends La Quinta High School and is coached by Tory Fretz along with her father Edward Dulski. Her highest national ranking this year is 106 and she has an overall record of 30-15.  Her most notable achievements are that she advanced to the round of 16 in doubles at the USTA Hardcourts Championships, won consolation singles at the USTA National Open, and won USTA Regionals doubles in both Sacramento, Calif. and Costa Mesa, Calif. Her parents are Edward and Dorota Dulski. She has four cousins that play tennis and they are Sylvia Kosakowski (Pepperdine), Marcin Kosakowski (University of California-Santa Barbara), Daniel Kosakowski (University of California-Los Angeles) and Nicole Kosakowski (Baylor). She plans on majoring in Biology.

“Dominique is a great athlete and competitor,” Jasper said. “She has had some great success on the national stage—particularly in doubles.  We believe that she is someone who has the potential to develop tremendously in college and we can’t wait to get her on campus next fall.”

The Tucson, Ariz. native Rachana Bhat currently plays under head coach Kristie Stevens at Catalina Foothills High School.  Her highest national ranking this year is 79 and she has an overall record of 44-22.  Her most notable achievements are that she won 4A State doubles title with her sister Kirtana Bhat, and that she played the number one spot on Fed Cup team for the Southwest this past summer. Her parents are Ravindra and Sukanya Bhat. She is undecided on major.

“We are thrilled to sign Rachana,” Jasper said. “She has been one of the top junior players in the Southwest section over the years and is a great competitor on the court both in singles and doubles.  Her competitiveness and winning attitude will fit in perfectly with our team and help us reach our goals.”

The Lobos will start their spring season with the Beach Tennis Winter Invitational on Jan. 18-20, 2013.

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