Marissa Baca (Ironwood Ridge) enters her first year as women’s tennis assistant coach after finishing her stellar career as a player for Northern Colorado. As a senior in 2016-17, Baca held a 9-13 singles record and played even better in doubles with partner Anna Battersby. The duo finished 14-4, a team best, and went 9-1 in conference play, helping the Bears make it back to the Big Sky Conference tournament. As a junior, she went 9-10 in singles and 9-5 in doubles, finishing the year with the highest duel winning percentage on the team.
Baca is also the two-time recipient of All-Academic Team honors for the Big Sky Conference as a student athlete. Baca is also a four-time TucsonCitizen.com and AllSportsTucspn.com All-Star.
Baca was an Arizona 5A State Doubles Champion her freshman season and a 5A State Doubles Finalist in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Nighthawks won the 5A State Team Championship in 2012 and advance to 5A State Team Finals in 2013.
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