Former tennis foes now roomates at Mesa State
Nick Provenza and Jordan Chomko have known each other for a while now.
Back in high school, they met in the Colorado Class 5A state tennis championships.
Provenza, a Grand Junction High School graduate, and Chomko, who is from Denver, are roommates and Mesa State College doubles partners now.
“We understand each other,” Chomko said. “We know what each other is doing. We have a little bit of non-verbal communication going. We know what to expect.”
“If you ask anybody that knows tennis, communication is the number one thing in doubles,” Provenza said. “When you have that, you get results.”
The juniors got their biggest win of their college careers nearly two weeks ago when they became the first Mesa State duo to win the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional title.
With the region title, they are one of eight doubles teams to qualify for the ITA small college singles and doubles national championships in Mobile, Ala. The tournament begins Thursday and continues through Saturday. The NCAA Division II national team championships take place in the spring.
“Every year, they’ve got better and better,” Mesa State coach Dan MacDonald said. “Jordan is intense and Nick is more laid back. They compliment each other. Nick has good touch and feel and Jordan has more of a power game.
“The (opposing) coaches comment how much better they’ve got since their freshmen year. This year, they know what to expect (at No. 1 doubles).
“They make good adjustments in a match. They are willing to be coached.”
Chomko and Provenza have been doubles partners since their freshman year.
They went undefeated in conference their freshman year at No. 2 doubles.
They moved up to No. 1 doubles last year and had some struggles there, but finished near .500.
Those two years were instrumental in the duo’s success thus far this season.
“It’s been huge,” Provenza said. “We clicked right off the bat.
“We play loose. We have times we have an off day, but we don’t worry about it. We play the best we can.”
Chomko and Provenza (6-2) play Southeast Region champion Julien Casuzaa and Alessandro Sarra of Lynn (Fla.) University in the first round of the ITA National Championships.
Casuzza is an All-American from Nice, France. He won the 2006 ITA doubles title with a different partner. Sarra is from Latina, Italy.
“We’re excited to be down there,” Chomko said. “We get a chance to play some good players.”
“We’re there with all the teams,” Provenza said. “We know if we play good, we can make a run.”