LCSC's Jasova earns NAIA West Region honor
Lewis-Clark State College freshman tennis player Dominika Jasova has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s NAIA West Region Rookie of the Year, it was announced Wednesday.
The ITA names a Rookie of the Year for each of its regions and each winner is then in consideration for the overall NAIA Rookie of the Year, which will be announced at the NAIA national tournament banquet next Monday in Mobile, Ala.
There are 10 schools in the NAIA West Region – LCSC, Azusa Pacific, Concordia (Calif.), Fresno Pacific, Hope International, College of Idaho, Point Loma Nazarene, Biola, Master’s, and Westmont.
Jasova is a freshman from Kosice, Slovakia, and is ranked as one of the top NAIA players in singles and doubles, according to the latest ITA rankings.
Jasova is ranked No. 11 among all NAIA women’s tennis players in singles competition. Jasova went 11-10 with the Warriors in singles play this season, but won five of her last six matches, including a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Oklahoma Baptist’s Paola Costa, who was ranked No. 8. Jasova also defeated five NCAA Division I players this season.
In doubles play, Jasova and Dorothy Chong, a sophomore from Kuching, Malaysia, are ranked No. 8. It’s the first top 10 ranking by a Warrior doubles team since Pei Yuin Keng and Aibka Kalsarieva in 2004.
Jasvoa and Chong went 7-7 on the season, but defeated No. 8-ranked Hermon Brhane and Lucie Sipkova of Oklahoma Christian and No. 15 Casey Wetzig and Leah Hoffee of Azusa Pacific. The LCSC duo also went 2-4 against NCAA Division I competition this season.