Morningside broke seven school records during the 2015-16 women’s tennis season. Photo / Kevin Pottebaum
Morningside College’s women’s tennis team enjoyed one of its best seasons in school history during the 2015-16 season.
The Mustangs posted a 13-3 dual record and won Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) regular season and post-season tournament championships en route to a berth in the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship, where they made their second appearance in the last three years.
Morningside broke seven school records, including an .813 winning percentage to shatter their previous victory rate standard of .727 set with an 8-3 record in 1998.
Katie Hanson, a senior from Saint Peter, Minn., played a role in three school record breaking performances. Hanson combined with Cassie Stanek, a junior from Sioux City, to post a 17-4 record at No. 1 doubles to break the Mustangs’ single-season record for victories by a doubles tandem. They broke the former Morningside record of 15 doubles triumphs by Mary Horton and Shannon Schroeder in 2011-12 and by Audri Swisher and Megan Solberg in 2012-13.
Hanson took part in 54 doubles victories during her Morningside career to break the former record of 47 career doubles wins set by Swisher from 2011-15. Hanson had a 10-7 record at No. 2 singles this past season to finish with a 46-29 career record for the second highest singles victory total in Morningside history. Hanson finished her career with a school-record 100 combined victories in singles and doubles competition to shatter the former Morningside record of 87 career victories by Swisher.
Aileen Fuchs, a freshman from Munster, Germany, was the Mustangs’ top winner with an 18-1 record at No. 1 singles to finish one victory shy of the school record of 19 singles wins set by Stanek last season. Fuchs’ .947 winning percentage broke the former Morningside single-season victory percentage mark of .929 set by Anouchka Ganivet, who had a 13-1 record in 1998.
Fuchs also broke the Morningside record for doubles winning percentage in a season. Fuchs had a 17-1 record for a .944 winning percentage in doubles competition to break the former Mustang victory rate of .818 set by Karla Engbard and Tracy Engbard, who had 9-2 records as doubles teammates in 1997. Fuchs and Megan Carlson, a senior from Cherokee, Iowa, were doubles partners for most of the season. They combined for a 14-1 record and a .933 winning percentage at No. 2 doubles to shatter the former Morningside record of an .833 winning percentage by Swisher and Solberg, who combined for a 15-3 record in 2012-13.
Fuchs topped the Mustangs with 35 combined singles and doubles victories for the second highest total in Morningside history to finish two wins shy of the school record of 37 triumphs by Stanek last season.
Carlson had 78 combined singles and doubles victories in her three-year Morningside career for the fourth highest win total in Morningside history. She had a 17-2 record in doubles this past season to raise her career doubles mark to 49-13 for the second highest career doubles win total in the Mustang annals. Carlson had a 9-6 record at No. 5 singles to finish with a career singles record of 29-10.
Aside from her school-record 17-4 doubles record with Hanson, Stanek had a 16-1 record at No. 3 singles to finish the campaign with 33 combined victories for the fourth highest total in Morningside history. Stanek has a 35-4 record in singles and a 35-11 record in doubles in her two-year Morningside career to rank fourth in career singles and doubles triumphs and fifth with 70 career combined victories.
Ons Souissi, a freshman from Ariana, Tunisia, had a 16-1 record at No. 4 singles for the fifth highest single-season victory total in Morningside history.
Natasha Hongsermeier, a junior from Phillips, Neb., also had 16 wins with a 16-2 record at No. 6 singles.
Kathryn Jones, a junior from Laramie, Wyo., had a 5-2 record in singles and a 5-3 record in doubles competition this past season to raise her career total to 51 combined singles and doubles triumphs for ninth place on Morningside’s all-time victory list.