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Spring Signing Week '13: Arizona's Bhat Heads to Albuquerque's Lobos

Rachana Bhat's tennis goals have always been simple: try to win as many matches as possible, never dwell on the past, and keep focused on the future and the opportunities it presents. This mindset has consistently earned her a four-star rating.

Rachana Bhat is excited about New Mexico
Playing for the sheer joy of competition and pushing herself in every match certainly has paid off for the senior from Tucson, Arizona. She developed skills, habits, discipline and an unrelenting will to overcome her opponents.

These are among the reasons University of New Mexico Coach Erica Perkins Jasper signed her to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Lobos in Fall 2013.

"One of my goals when I took this job this summer was to work hard at recruiting the Southwest section," Coach Jasper said. "I was thrilled when Rachana showed some initial interest [in the Lobos] as she had consistently been in the top of the Southwest section rankings much of her tennis career. I was even more thrilled when I got to see Rachana play - she is a tremendous competitor and does what it takes to win. I could tell she loved to compete and I loved that she is a multidimensional player. She can beat anybody in any number of ways. It was clear that Rachana is serious about her tennis and has a strong desire to get better. It also didn't hurt that she is a tremendous student!"

Ravindra Bhat never did play tennis himself, but was an avid fan. Mr. Bhat introduced his daughters Rachana and Kirtana to the sport.

"Rachana has an amazing mental game and perseveres through long points, endless rallies and marathon matches," said Catalina Foothills High School Coach Kristie Stevens. "Outlasting her opponents mentally and physically is one of her great assets."

In 2012, the Bhat girls scored a milestone by winning the State 4A Doubles Championship for Catalina Foothills High. That tournament remains Rachana's most memorable, over the state singles championship she won as a freshman in 2009.

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