Caroline Roush

Big Red women’s tennis had a 10-7 record this season, beating DePauw last week for the first time since 2011. The NCAA Championship will be hosted at Denison University April 29-May 1. After the women’s team season, there is a lot of anticipation of successful matches to happen.

Frances Hinkamp ’16 said, “It’s really cool to see how close the team has gotten this season and I am excited to see each member of our team contribute to our success at conference”.

Another fellow senior comments on how tight knit the team has become, and the excitement of the upcoming conference.

“After many bumps along the way our team has come together really well and it shows in the success we’ve had thus far this season. I think we are all really excited for conference this year because it’s finally our chance to win the title on our own home courts,” Sarah Torrence ’16 said.

The men and women’s tennis coach, Coach Burling said that the team is one of the strongest in the last 5-6 years and many have predicted the Big Red to win the conference tournament.

“However, it is not that easy. We have suffered some serious injuries to very key, impact players. We will “limp” into the tournament as the #1 seed. It will take a monumental effort by a team that has shown it can pull together. We are cautiously hopeful. The women all know they have to step up,” Burling said.

He further commented, “Our goal is simply to win the conference tournament. But Kenyon and Depauw stand in the way and they do not have the injuries we have. The key will be doubles play in the coaches’ opinion.”

Following what Coach Burling said, Coleman continues to touch on obstacles that the team will need to overcome in the coming weeks.

“I’m excited to see our team step up and overcome the obstacles that have come our way with injuries. I’m looking forward to supporting my teammates in whatever role I’m in, starting or not starting, so I can best support the team’s success. Senior year is terrifying but I love leading the team in any way I can,” Eleni Coleman ’16 said.

Coach Burling said, “It has been a wonderful year where much older players have bonded so well with the new players. My favorite team in years to coach. NO drama, just spirit. Coach’s dream”.

Meg Chiumento ’16 capped off this past week with the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the week. She said “I am looking forward to seeing what our team is made of. We’ve had a lot of injuries and it’s great to see the younger girls really step up. Naturally we are all nervous but I believe that just signifies that we are afraid of losing thus we want to win.”

“My favorite part about this season is how close we’ve become. This is one of the closest teams I’ve been a part of and it really makes a difference when I’m on the court fighting for my friends. I hope to win and really showcase what this team is made of. As a senior I have no regrets and I’m ready to put it all out on the court,” Chiumento said.

Everyone should hit the courts April 29-May 1 to cheer on Big Red tennis! With Depauw taking the title last year, the team is motivated and excited to bring the heat this year.