The Northwestern women’s tennis team will get back into action as they travel to Minn. to face off against non-conference opponents. They will compete against Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato on Friday, and Northwestern in Minneapolis on Saturday.
The Lady Raiders last played in September, and these will be their only matches before the heart of their season starts in April.
The wide-age range roster consists of freshmen Rachel Nysetveld, Missy Yorchak, sophomore 2010 All-GPAC Honorable Mention Kellie Korver, junior Julie Mineart, and seniors Laura Starr, Nessa Summers and Kate Mannenbach.
The ladies are coached by Jeff Guthmiller, who has been at the head coaching position since 2009, when NW restarted its program after not offering the sport following the 2002 season. Guthmiller coached the team from 2000-2002.
In 2001 and 2002, Guthmiller’s squads finished second in the GPAC and reached the regional qualifier both years.
The program received more good news throughout the month of February when Kisa Benzel (San Dimas, Calif.) and Hannah Stark (New Ulm, Minn.) signed letters of intent to come play for the Raiders next year, providing more depth to an already fast-improving roster.