The men’s tennis team had strong performances this year to lead them to the MIAC playoffs. Led
by coach Terry Peck, the 14-person roster was well-balanced with new and returning players. They placed
third in regular season conference standings with the
help of admirable performances since their start in
The team glided through the season, with an
outstanding 10-match winning streak through March
and April. During the streak, Junior Luke Elifson won
nine of his 10 matches at first singles. Elifson was named
MIAC Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week on March
1 after helping to defeat St. John’s and Concordia-Moorhead the weekend before, winning both his
singles and doubles matches. He noted that the team
dynamic helped contribute to their success: “I think the
team as a whole enjoys each other’s company, and the
camaraderie has only grown as the season has gone
on.” Elifson also reflected on some of their proudest
moments throughout the season, including their wins
over Goucher and Allegheny during spring break.
The team finished its regular season with an 11-4
record with a victory over Macalester College, moving
into the MIAC tournament, where the season concluded
with a 2-6 loss at Carleton in the playoff semifinals.
Elifson finished the season strong by winning 12 of his
last 13 matches at first singles. The team only had three
conference losses, one to MIAC champion Gustavus,
and two to runner-up Carleton.
By Martha McKinley
Photo by Ted Brakob
rke Anderson and Ben Wait fist pump during their
tch against Concordia-Moorhead.
gathers on the court for mutual support before their
gin on Feb. 28.
en-Michael Muench serves during a doubles match.