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2020 Women's Tennis Preview

The Kalamazoo College women's tennis team.
Photo by Kimberly Moss

The 2019-20 Kalamazoo College women's tennis team is set to begin its season on Friday, Feb. 14 when it hosts the University of Chicago. Kalamazoo is entering the season following a second-place finish in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association last season with a 7-1 conference record. The Hornets' schedule features five early-season home non-conference matches before traveling to Orlando, Fla. for a final tune-up before MIAA competition. The Kalamazoo roster is made up of seven returnees and three first-year athletes.

Key Dates

  • The Hornets will open their season on Friday, Feb. 14 against No. 8 Chicago at Markin Racquet Center.
  • After a quintet of home matches to begin the season, Kalamazoo will travel to No. 25 Denison before making its Florida trip where three of four opponents are ranked in the Top 40 Oracle/ITA Division III Rankings.
  • The team will open MIAA play following Spring Break with a trip to No. 28 Hope on Monday, March 30.
  • The MIAA Tournament is set to begin on Thursday, April 30 and conclude on Saturday, May 2.

Returning Statistical Leaders

  • The team returns seven players from last season's team including senior captains Laura Hanselman and Bella Russo.
  • Junior Maddy Winarski is set to begin her third season as Kalamazoo's primary No. 2 singles player; a spot in which she sports a 31-12 overall career record and is 14-2 in MIAA play throughout her first two seasons.
  • Sophomore Caroline Norton also returns following a perfect 8-0 season at No. 4 singles during MIAA play. As a freshman, Norton also played one and two doubles and finished with a 6-2 MIAA record.
  • Kalamazoo's returnees bring an overall MIAA singles record of 34-9 from the 2018-19 season. They also own a 36-10 record in conference doubles action.
  • Three newcomers (Meghan Killmaster, Lauren Marshall, Sophie Zhuang) are all expected to have key roles this spring.

Head Coach Mark Murphy

Coach Murphy is entering his 11th season as the head coach of the Hornets. His teams have compiled an overall winning percentage of .555 (116-93) during his time at Kalamazoo. Murphy has been named Regional Coach of the Year twice (2014, '16) since taking over the Hornets. He has coached players to 14 All-MIAA First Team selections, 10 All-MIAA Second Team selections, and two MIAA MVP's. Prior to arriving at Kalamazoo, Murphy spent 11 years as associate head men's and women's tennis coach at his alma mater, Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.