Auburn tennis star to test herself in PAC-12

ROCKFORD – Belen Nevenhoven, the Auburn tennis star who missed out on a chance to be the NIC-10’s first girls state champion because of the coronavirus, announced Monday that she’ll attend the University of Arizona as a preferred walk-on.

It’ll be a huge step up for Nevenhoven, who finished fourth in the state when she was a sophomore and then second as a junior. Filled with warm-weather colleges, the PAC-12 is the premier conference in tennis.  Since 2000, Stanford has won 10 NCAA Division 1 tennis championships and finished second four times.  Fellow PAC-12 school UCLA has won twice since 2000 and finished second four times.

According to, Nevenhoven is the 83rd ranked junior tennis player in the country. She told the that Arizona “checked all of the boxes in what I was looking for in a school.

“I love the environment that the coaches and players have created with their work ethic and determination. This was the place where I knew I was going to get to the next level.”

According to, Nevenhoven is 21-10 in USTA events. She’s 17-5 against 3-star and 4-star recruits, but 1-5 against 5-star and Blue Chip players. 

Posted on 05.11.21