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Zia Tennis

Van Wettering, Jacques, Bancks and Kelly Earn Spots on LSC Commissioner's Honor Roll
Junior Kristen Van Wettering (Portales, New Mexico/Portales High School), senior Elyse Jacques (Austin, Texas/Westwood High School), sophomore Cassidy Bancks (Marysville, British Columbia, Canada/Mount Baker Secondary), and senior Erica Kelly (Stockton, California/Tokay High School) have been selected to the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for women’s tennis. [more]

ENMU Falls to Abilene Christian, 9-0
Abilene Christian University, ranked 9th in NCAA Division II, shut out Eastern New Mexico University in the season-opener for both teams on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Zia Tennis Complex. The Wildcats swept the three doubles flights and won all six singles flights in the Lone Star Conference match.[more]

Erica Kelly and Kristen Van Wettering Earn Spots on LSC Commissioner's Honor Roll
Junior Erica Kelly and sophomore Kristen Van Wettering from the Eastern New Mexico University women’s tennis team have qualified for the 2004-05
Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The Honor Roll included a total of 26 players representing all nine women’s tennis teams in the LSC. Student-athletes qualified for the Honor Roll by earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher in at least 24 hours of work at their current college or university. [more]

ENMU Opens 2005 Season with 1-2 Record
PLANO, TEXAS — A shorthanded Eastern New Mexico University Zia tennis team began the 2005 season with three Lone Star Conference matches played Feb. 25-26 in Plano, Texas. The Zias lost on opening day to Midwestern State University, 9-0, and to East Central University, 6-3. ENMU rebounded on the second day to record its first victory of the season, as the Zias defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 6-3. Eastern achieved a 1-2 record during the weekend.

ENMU began the season minus one player, freshman Cassidy Bancks (Marysville, British Columbia, Canada/Selkirk Secondary and Mount Baker Secondary), who is suffering from kidney stones. The Zias will likely have to wait several weeks for her return. With only five active players, Eastern was forced to default the #6 singles and #3 doubles flights against all three opponents.

Program Techniques

Coach Blaeser uses the
following techniques to give the
Zia tennis team the competitive edge:

  • music motivation
  • plyometrics
  • video feedback
  • visualization
  • relaxation breathing
  • information from
    leading sport psychologists

Zia Tennis Accomplishments in Recent History

2002 - 2003

The Zias finished 8th in the Region with Lisa Weinman at #11 and Bethanie Nix at #14 individually. In doubles Nix and Weinman had a strong regional ranking of #5.

2001-20022001 - 2002
Another year of success for the Zias as they finished with a record of 16-3 and played in the finals of the NCAA Regional Tournament. The Zias finished #24 in the National NCAA Rankings. Again, hats off to Layla Turner for making All-American, ITA Senior Player-of-the-Year, Lone Star Conference All-Academic Team, and Verizon Academic All-America District Team.

2001 National Team2000-2001
The Zias held on tight to a national team ranking of 26. The Zias once again qualified for the NCAA Regional Tournament making it all the way to finals. Hats off to Layla Turner who made All-American!

2000 National Team1999-2000
The Zias not only earned a regional bid for the fourth consecutive year, they won their regional tournament to qualify for the NCAA national Championships in Pensacola, Fla.. The Zias finished the season 11th in the nation and 2nd in the Midwest Region.

Layla Turner and parentsDuring fall 1999, the Zias won every category in the Central ITA/Rolex Regional tournament. Layla Turner won the singles title and she paired with partner Julie Stiles to win the doubles title. Stiles also won the consolation singles title. For their accomplishments, Layla & Julie went to Memphis, Tenn. to represent Eastern at the National ITA/Rolex Tournament. Layla placed sixth in singles and fifth in doubles with Julie.

Layla was ranked 23rd nationally and 3rd regionally in singles, while Layla and Julie are were 11th nationally and 2nd regionally in doubles.

National Championships

The Zias qualified for a regional bid for the third consecutive year, almost qualifying for the national tournament. Layla Turner made a tremendous jump in the national rankings from 52 to 23, after having several significant wins over nationally ranked players. She was also ranked third in the Midwest Region.

National Championship TeamLayla and her partner Julie Stiles also ended the season high in the national and regional doubles rankings after several significant wins over nationally ranked opponents. Their final national ranking was 24 while they earned a fifth place ranking in the Midwest Region.

As a team, the Zias earned a national ranking of 19. The Zias were also named to the ITA All Academic Team List for the third year in a row. Only 10 teams out 215 were selected.

The Zias qualified for the 2nd consecutive year for a regional bid. Number one ranked Alejandra Sanchez-Miralles finished at 35 nationally and 9 in the region. Julie Stiles finished the season with a national ranking of 59 and was 17 in the region. The team ranking was 13 in the Midwest region.

The Zias finished the 1996-97 season with a seventh place regional ranking, earning their first bid to the NCAA Tournament. Eastern New Mexico finished the season with a 25 national ranking. Number one singles seed Alejandra Sanchez-Miralles finished the season ranked 52 in NCAA Division II singles. In doubles, she finished 29 with partner Julie Stiles.

Together at a dinner party1995-1996
In the 1995-96 season, the Zias just missed their first bid to the NCAA Tournament with a number eleven ranking in the Midwest Region. They were up in the top 10 in the region going into the last two weeks of the season. Sanchez-Miralles finished the season ranked 34 in NCAA Division II singles.

Scholarship Information

If you are interested in being considered for an athletic scholarship, contact:
Christine Blaeser
Office Phone 505.562.2882
Home Phone 505.356.8447

There will be athletic scholarships available for the 2002-2003 season. Send a video of skills and match play and a player profile to:
Christine Blaeser
ENMU Station 17
Portales, NM 88130

You can also fill out the online information form, to submit your information right from your computer!