New Mexico Women's Tennis BIO
2013-14 (Freshman Season)
Bhat finished her first season at UNM with an overall singles record of 26-4, which was the most singles victories on the team. She went 10-4 in singles in the fall tournament season and posted a perfect 16-0 singles record in regular season play. She competed primarily in the No. 6 position.
Bhat also had a successful doubles season in 2013-14. She finished with an overall doubles record of 12-3. She competed with Susan Baklini, Madison Porter, and Meredith Hopson.
Bhat had a very strong showing at the 2014 Mountain West Championships. She was one of two Lobos to go 3-0 in singles play against UNM’s three opponents. Bhat and Baklini went 1-1 in doubles play during the tournament.
She was also highly recognized for her academic success during her first year at UNM. Bhat was named to the 2014 Academic All-Conference team and was also named a MW Scholar-Athlete in the spring. Additionally, Bhat was named a 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athlete.
Prior to UNM
Bhat is a 2013 graduate from Catalina Foothills HS in Tucson, Ariz. While attending Catalina Foothills, she was coached by Kirstie Stevens. Bhat earned the 4A Singles title in 2010 and the 4A Doubles title in 2012 and 2013. She won the doubles title with her younger sister, Kirtana Bhat. Her highest national ranking before coming to UNM was 79 and she had an overall record of 44-22. Bhat also played the number one spot on Fed Cup team for the Southwest during summer 2012.
She is the daughter of Ravindra and Sukanya Bhat and has a younger sister, Kirtana Bhat. When she’s not playing tennis, Bhat enjoys reading and playing the piano. Her major is undecided.
Head Coach Erica Jasper on Rachana Bhat
“Rachana backed up last spring’s stellar results with a very solid fall—including a hard fought title at the Wildcat Invitational. We continue to ask more and more of Rachana—and she continues to rise to the challenge. Her quiet leadership and team first attitude is important to our team success.”