The women’s tennis team had consistent success throughout this season, paving the way for their
spot in the MIAC playoffs. Head coach Terry Peck led
the team for his 23rd season. With eleven players on the
roster, the season was driven by a powerful team effort.
The Tommies have established themselves as one of the
top teams in the MIAC, and have made it to the playoffs
every year since 2007. This season, the team ended in a
three-way tie for first place with Carleton and Gustavus.
Sophomore Caitlin Bakke was named MIAC Athlete
of the Week on April 26 after winning all four singles and
doubles matches in wins over Carleton and St. Olaf. She
noted that this momentum gave everyone confidence
going into the playoffs, as they hoped to continue their
successful performances on the court. She said, “As a
team we get along very well. We have a lot of fun, which
I feel has contributed to our recent success.”
Senior Bridget Noack also ended her Tommie career
with incredible personal achievements, surpassing 50
career singles wins and 60 career doubles victories.
Noack received MIAC Athlete of the Week on April 12.
With regular season victories under its belt, the team
continued its determination and hard work during the
MIAC playoffs despite a final 5-2 loss against second-seed Gustavus in the semifinal round. Fourth- and fifth-ranked singles players Jenna Zimmerman and Paige
Becher recorded singles wins against the Gusties,
resulting in Zimmerman’s impressive 18-1 record in
singles play. Becher closed with a 15-2 record. The
talented underclassmen plan to enter next year’s season
with the momentum and determination that helped
guide them to this year’s playoffs.
By Martha McKinley
Photo by Ted Brakob
ge Becher goes for an overhead during her match on
ore Caitlin Bakke works hard on the court during her
helby Henderson and Bridget Noack put in effort during
es match against Concordia-Moorhead.