Fernandez inks Las Cruces Native and Belgium International

Courtesy of NMSU

LAS CRUCES, N.M.– New Mexico State women’s tennis head coach Ivan Fernandez signed two players for the 2015-16 season.

In April, Sarah Van Eeckhoudt, from Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium, signed her national letter of intent to play for NM State. Last week, Las Cruces native Lindsay Harlas committed to play for the Aggies next fall.

“I’m very excited to have both of these girls coming in August,” Fernandez said. “They will be great additions to all my returners from the WAC Championship team. We are trying to put ourselves in a position to repeat next year and this a great start.”

Lindsay currently plays for Mayfield High School in Las Cruces. Her mother and auntie are former NM State players and her brother, Jeremy Harlas, currently plays for the NM State men’s tennis team. Lindsay has played in the No. 1 singles spot the last five seasons and is a four-time individual district champion. She has helped the Trojans claim two state championships and four district titles, while winning a state championship in doubles and finishing third at the 2013 NMAA girl’s tennis state tournament.

Lindsay is wrapping her high school career this weekend at the 2015 NMAA girl’s tennis state tournament where she will enter as the No. 3 seed in Class 6A.

Sarah currently attends Sint-Martinuscollege Overijse and plays for Tennis Club du Bercuit under coach Johan Teirlink. She’s a combined 15-3 in the last three seasons.

Sarah’s sister, Laura van Eeckhoudt, is also a collegiate tennis player.

The NM State women’s tennis team is set for the 2015 NCAA Regional Championships where they will face No. 16 Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, on Friday, at 4 p.m. (MT).


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