Last October, North Central athletics was excited to announce the addition of tennis veteran Amanda McDonald as the head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis programs. McDonald’s experience includes an all-conference selection while at Olivet Nazarene University and two appearances at both the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) national tournaments.
McDonald took over the helm of both tennis programs from Larry Bach, who had held the position since 2012. With the new coach, many hoped McDonald’s extensive tennis experience would bring in a plethora of new tennis players. Unfortunately this has not been the case for the men’s squad.
For the men’s tennis program, there has been an unfortunate lack of participation leading to four forfeits. So far this year, there have only been three active members on the roster who have competed despite the roster comprising of eight signed up to play. Sophomore players Danny Williams, Noah Ramsby and Luke Bjur have been the only Rams to compete competitively this season. In their first meet against Twin Cities area rival Northwestern, the Rams lost all four matches they played.
Following a tough defeat to the Eagles of Northwestern, the next three meets were postponed due to not having enough players. Despite the small roster, the Rams haven’t stopped working hard in practice in preparation for matches that may or may not be ahead.
“The games haven’t counted but that hasn’t stopped us from practicing,” Danny Williams said. “We are hopeful that we can get some more guys on the team in order to compete in the future.”
In contrast to the men, the Lady Rams have competed in all five of their meets and have filled the roster with eight women on the team — all of which have been able to compete in matches.
The Lady Rams have yet to record their first win this season. Led by the team’s lone senior, Katrina Cox, there are two juniors, Jaila Cappelli and Esther Leung. The remainder of the Lady Rams are lower classmen: sophomores Linnea Madsen, Monica Herrera and Lindsay Freitag, and freshmen Madalyn Meetz and Sierra Hunter.