The Wright State women's tennis team will compete in the 2017 Horizon League Championship at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan on April 28-30. The Raiders will be the sixth seed heading into the tournament and will play number three seed UIC at 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
The Raiders are led by senior Linsey Verstrepen (Westerlo, Belgium), who is 22-16 overall this season, including 5-4 in Horizon League play. Verstrepen also added 27 doubles wins this season, including Cincinnati, Toledo, Xavier, Dayton, Butler, Bowling Green, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Cleveland State and UIC.
Junior Karoline Haller (Bekkestua, Norway) is 13-13 this season, with all 13 of her wins coming against other opponents' number #1s. Haller has recorded wins over Butler, Ball State, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Cleveland State, Valparaiso, Detroit Mercy and Oakland along with NKU. She also has 20 doubles wins, including Dayton, Butler, Ball State, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Toledo, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Cleveland State and UIC.
The Raiders will look for help from sophomore Haily Morgan (Anthem, AZ), who is 8-2 over her last 10 matches, including the last six in a row.
"Our lack of consistency throughout the lineup probably led to several close 4-3 losses," WSU head coach Eric Burns said. "We struggled to get everyone playing well at the same time, but we got better performances from top to bottom in our last match against Northern Kentucky and feel confident going into the tournament."
Other Raiders to watch include senior Elaine Cloern (Upper Arlington, OH), who ranks third in wins this season with 16 behind Verstrepen and Morgan. Cloern has added 23 wins in doubles play. Fellow senior Vanessa Madrigal (Highland, IN) has 13 wins in singles play this season to go along nine victories on the doubles side.
Cloern is currently tied for first for all-time doubles wins in Raider history with Melissa Dunham-Freer at 87 while Verstrepen is tied for third on that list with Gloria Montero at 83 wins. Brdicka is eighth with 61 wins. Verstrepen is currently fourth in career singles wins with 84, just one from third place Dunham-Freer. Haller is ninth and Cloern is 12th overall.
Verstrepen and Vanessa Madrigal were selected to the Academic All-Horizon League team earlier this month. Verstrepen has a 3.91 grade point average in International Business. Madrigal holds a 3.89 grade point average in Biomedical Engineering.
This is the third straight year that Verstrepen has been named Academic All-League and is the second consecutive year for Madrigal.
For more information, go to www.horizonleague.org or www.wsuraiders.com.