Stanek breaks Mustangs' victory records in 2016-17 campaign
Morningside posted a 15-4 record during the 2016-17 women’s tennis campaign to set a new school record for wins in a season.
The Mustangs topped their previous single-season standard of 14 wins when they went 14-7 in the 2011-12 campaign.
Cassie Stanek, a senior from Sioux City, led the Mustangs in singles victories with an 18-6 record at No. 1 singles and was part of the Mustangs’ top doubles tandem by combining with Ons Souissi, a sophomore from Ariana, Tunisia, for a 14-8 record at No. 1 doubles. Stanek’s 18 singles victories were one shy of her own Morningside single-season record of 19 triumphs she set with a 19-3 record in her 2014-15 sophomore campaign. Stanek topped the Mustangs with 32 combined singles and doubles victories for the sixth highest single-season total in the Mustangs’ record book.
Stanek finished her career with 53-10 singles record for the most singles triumphs in Morningside history, breaking the former record of 50 wins by Megan Solberg, who compiled a 50-19 record from 2011-15. Stanek’s .841 career winning percentage in singles competition broke the former Morningside victory rate record of .780 by Jacy Jahn, who logged a 32-9 career mark from 2010-13. Stanek finished with a 49-19 career doubles record for the second highest doubles victory total in Morningside history and her 102 combined singles and doubles wins broke the Mustangs’ previous career record of 100 combined victories set by Katie Hanson from 2012-16.
Souissi, the other half of the Mustangs’ top doubles tandem with her 14-8 record with Stanek, compiled a 12-8 record at No. 2 singles. She ranked third on the team with 26 combined wins. Souissi has a 28-9 career singles record after her first two collegiate seasons.
Abby Fitzgerald, a freshman from Fairmont, Minn., compiled a 15-5 record at No. 5 singles and had a 15-7 record in doubles competition to lead the Mustangs in doubles triumphs. Fitzgerald ranked second on the team with her 30 combined victories for the eighth highest single-season total in the Mustangs’ record book.
Fitzgerald and Natasha Hongsermeier, a senior from Phillips, Neb., combined for a 12-4 record at No. 2 doubles to rank second on the team in doubles victories. Hongsermeier was one of the Mustangs’ most consistent singles winners with a 12-3 record in the third flight.
Hongsermeier finished her career with records of 32-10 in singles and 35-16 in doubles to rank sixth in the Morningside record book in singles and doubles triumphs and eighth with 67 combined victories.
Kathryn Jones, a senior from Laramie, Wyo., compiled an 11-4 record at No. 4 singles to go along with a 9-8 mark in doubles competition.
Jones finished her career with a 29-29 singles record and a 42-24 doubles record to climb into sixth place on Morningside’s all-time victory list with 71 combined wins.
Hanna Schoning, a sophomore from Arnolds Park, Iowa, had a 14-7 record at No. 6 singles to rank third on the team in singles victories. She had a 12-6 record in doubles competition.
Morningside finished third in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings with a 5-2 league record and lost against regular season champion Hastings College in the championship match of the GPAC Post-Season Tournament.