BYU women's tennis head coach Holly Parkinson Hasler began the sport she loved at a young age, only to go professional as a freshman out of college. While her professional career was remarkable, the BYU alum found her happiness through the blessing of a broken wrist.
As a junior in high school, Jack and his parents made the decision to send him to Barcelona, Spain, where he would be able to practice and learn among some of the top junior players in the world. While this was a difficult decision to make, Jack’s mother, Janine, said she has always loved being able to aid her children as they worked towards their individualized goals.
BYU tennis battled it out earlier this month at the ITA Mountain Regional Championship in Denver. Sean Hill and Mateo Vereau Melendez took first and second place respectively and secured two spots at the ITA National Fall Championships.
Freshman Helen Jiao, originally from Xi’an, China came to BYU in May 2019 to pursue her dreams of becoming a highly competitive tennis athlete. Although not of the same faith as most students that attend BYU, Helen decided to accept the BYU offer and travel around the globe at the recommendation of her coach, Alan Ma.
The hype for the No. 23 BYU vs. No. 2 Gonzaga matchup could be seen all around Provo in the days leading up to the game itself. A stretch known as "tent city" emerged outside the Marriott Center doors on the night of Wednesday, Feb. 19, as students set-up camp in hopes to get the best seats when the arena doors opened four days later on Saturday. The trail of tents stretched from the Marriott Center doors to BYU's administration building with thousands of students waiting to get their seats.