Heading into the 2013 season,
the Women’s Tennis team hadn’t
experienced a lot of success in its past
With an overall record of 4-30
over those two years, the Pointers
were ready to make some changes.
That is exactly what the team did
with new head coach Deena Gordon.
“I really had no idea what to
expect in terms of what the team has
done in the past,” Gordon said.
After finishing the 2013 season
with a 9-4 record, the Pointers made
some improvements that allowed the
team to compete in the Wisconsin
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The high point of the season was
a six match winning streak that came
in the middle of the season.
After having the streak snapped
by the University of Wisconsin
-Whitewater, the Pointers lost another
match to UW-Eau Claire. However,
the team finished the regular season
by beating UW-Oshkosh.
In the WIAC Tournament, the
Pointers came up one point short ofentering the Spring tournament.
Led by senior Rachel Brown,
the Pointers evolved into a much stronger team this year.
“We all became very good friends, and had a lot of fun. It was
nice being able to go out there and be
competitive. This year we played a
lot of schools that were closer in level
to us,” Brown said.
With a new head coach, players
adapted to a new style of learning.
Junior Kristen Finstad embraced
the change and learned a lot from
“Deena came into the season
with a positive attitude and a goal in
mind,” Finstad said. “She taught us
to always be thinking about our shots
rather than just hitting the ball back.”
As seniors Rachel Brown and
Taylor Weuve have finished their
final year. Juniors Molly Hendries
and Kristen Finstad will have to be
Finstad is excited for the
opportunity to lead a team that she
has been on for three years now.
“I’m excited to step into a
leadership role next season. We’ve
come up with ideas over the last three years to make our senior season
the best it can be,” Finstad said. “I
also think one of the most important
things is team cohesiveness, so I’m
excited to plan some team bonding
Junior Molly Hendries is also
prepared to take the leadership
“Stepping into the leadership role
next season will be quite different and
very exciting. I hope to be a strong
leader, set an example of being a
good teammate, and make the season
lots of fun while also working hard,”
Freshmen Katelyn Asfeld and
Hayley Schlueter also made a big
impact on the team.
“I could tell that those two are
going to be top competitors for us,“
Brown said on Asfeld and Schlueter.
“As a senior, I just tried to help them
out as much as I could. I would
play against them in practices to help
make them stronger.”
With an impressive season in the
books, all the Pointers have to do
now is prepare for next season.