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New head coach pushes DU women’s tennis towards future victories

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Courtesy of DU Athletics Dept.

Coach Lenno Lasn eats, sleeps and breathes tennis. Which makes him a great fit for his new post as head coach of the Dominican Stars women’s tennis team and the assistant coach of the men’s tennis team. 

Lasn started playing tennis when he was seven and got more competitive in tennis as his talent progressed. He played competitively for about 15 years, hitting a tremendous peak in his college years.  After winning the tennis national championship at the College of DuPage, he received a full-ride scholarship to Queens College.

With 13 years of coaching experience, Lasn has now taken his talent and shared it with Dominican students “I always loved tennis, and I love coaching,” he said.  Bringing his talent to the Stars has proved to be well worth it as the girls are now fourth in the conference and “can definitely compete for the conference championship,” according to Lasn. 

Emily Hereford, a junior on the tennis team, is excited to be working with her new coach and admits that he brings a new voice of encouragement to the team.   “He has definitely brought a sense of experience and unity to our team and knows exactly what we need to work on at practice,” Hereford said.

Last year the women’s team ended sixth in the conference, and the girls have stepped up their game since then.  Rachel Taddy and Marbeya Berner, both students, are undefeated and are keeping the momentum. Head men’s tennis coach Joe Segreti said, “Under Coach Lasn’s leadership, the women are enjoying one of the best seasons in recent memory and have their sights on finishing amongst the NAC’s elite.”

“I think I speak for the entire team when I say we would not be doing as well as we are without the help of Coach Lenno.  He knows what each player needs to improve on and takes the time to focus on those things,” Hereford said.

Lasn continues to push the girls to do their best all time, scheduling practice six days a week and making sure that they get the most out of every practice they have.

So far the team is proving to be a success and Lasn has worked hard to get his team ready for the end of the season.   “We are very lucky to have Coach Lasn at Dominican. He brings a wealth of experience and passion to the team,” Segreti said.

Nicole Foley, Sports Editor

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