Dedicated seniors to lead women’s tennis team

by Aaron Young

Warmer temperatures are fast approaching day by day as the snow melts off the ground around campus. This can only mean one thing.

Game. Set. Match.

The Simpson College women’s tennis team is back in action in just a little under three weeks. Head women’s tennis coach Lindsay Chase says that she is really excited for the season to get underway, especially for the five seniors on the 11-person roster.

“Unfortunately half our team is going to graduate this year, so I‘m really excited for those girls,” Chase said. “It’s their last semester and last season of tennis, so we really want to make it a great year for them.”

Of those five seniors, three of them are team captains: Allison Anderson, Tiffany Bost and Lindsay Nash. Chase says they have all been a part of the team during their four year career for the Storm.

“They’ve all had great careers, have done well for our program, worked hard and pushed themselves to get better everyday,” Chase said.

Anderson, a native of Eldridge, Iowa, has a career singles record of 41-31 and a career doubles record of 29-42. She was voted by her teammates during the 2011 season as Team MVP where she compiled a 14-6 singles record and a 10-9 doubles record.

Bost, a native of Spokane, Wash., has compiled a career singles record of 14-53 and a career doubles record of 26-42 thus far. You’ll likely see her and Anderson team up on No. 1 doubles, as last season the duo went 10-8 respectively.

Nash, a native of Keokuk, Iowa, has posted a career singles record of 38-31 and a career doubles record of 34-32 going into her senior season. She is also a two-time academic all-conference selection, garnering the honor during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

The team’s first practice is scheduled for Feb. 18, just two weeks prior to their first match. But that first match will not be taking place in Iowa. They’ll be soaking up the sun in beautiful Orlando, Fla.

The Storm will be going up against Berry College, Cedarville University, Meredith College and Ursinus College during the team’s week stay.

Chase says the spring season is built more around the girls working on their individual game in the areas they want to improve and grow into their style of play.

“We don’t play our conference in the spring,” Chase said. “We do have our team tournament, but all of our points are awarded in the fall.”

The team’s first home match will not be until Apr. 5 against Northwestern (IA). You can catch all the action at Buxton Tennis Complex.