October 5, 2017

With decisive victories over Carroll University and Carthage College, the Women’s Tennis team extends their undefeated record and proves that they are the CCIW team to beat.

Against Carroll University on Saturday Sept. 29, senior captain Katie Park won the No. 1 singles. Then Wheaton swept the rest of singles play with victories from junior Sara Magnuson, senior Miranda Kay, junior Emma Westwick, sophomore Claire Browning and freshman Emme Lindquist.

“We knew that we would have to compete hard against both Carthage and Carroll,” Park said, “and our level of focus in both our practices and our matches throughout the whole week reflected this mindset.”

The Park and Browning pairing won the No. 1 doubles. Kay and Magnuson won the No. 2 doubles while Freeman and Lindquist finished out Wheaton’s sweep of doubles play.

According to the CCIW rankings, Carroll University is the fifth ranked team in the conference with a 2-3 conference record after losing to Wheaton on Saturday.

Last Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Thunder competed against Carthage College. Park won the No. 1 singles, and Magnuson, Kay, Westwick, Browning and Lindquist won their singles matches as well. In doubles play, Park and Browning won the No. 1 doubles. The pairs of Kay/Magnuson and Freeman/Lindquist won their matches as well.

According to the CCIW rankings, Carthage College is the third ranked team in the conference with a 3-2 record against other teams in the conference (including their loss to Wheaton).

“From year to year one of the biggest strengths of our team is our depth,” Park said. “Every player on our team has worked hard to get to where they are, and it is both exciting and rewarding to have teammates who constantly challenge each other.”

Wheaton is the top ranked team in the CCIW with a 5-0 conference record and 6-0 record overall. Augustana College is the second ranked team in the conference with a 5-0 CCIW record and a 7-1 record overall.

“Our goal is to get better each week so that we peak at the end of season during the conference tournament,” Park said. “We want to build on the focus and energy we had last week and continue to improve both physically and mentally.”

Magnuson earned her first CCIW Women’s Tennis Player of the Week award for her dominating performances against Carroll and Carthage.

The Thunder will face North Park University on Friday, Oct. 6 at the tennis courts here at Wheaton at 5 p.m. North Park is the ninth and bottom-ranked team in the CCIW with a 1-5 conference record and 3-6 record overall.