The Webster University women’s tennis team dominated its St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents and captured its second tournament championship in three years. Webster has a 19-2 overall record, including a 6-0 record in the SLIAC, and will play in the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Gorloks defeated Greenville College 7-0 in the first round of the SLIAC tournament and Principia College 5-1 in the championship match. The team and individual players set several Webster tennis records.
As a team, Webster destroyed two records that were set in 2009. The Gorloks won 19 matches, breaking the previous record of 12. Webster also shattered the record for most consecutive wins with 13. The previous record was 10.
Freshman Marissa Lewis and senior Allison Tungate both set records by winning 18 singles matches. Junior Lindsey Hays tied the record she had previously held with 16 wins.
Doubles partners Allison Tungate and senior Paige Tungate, along with Lewis, individually set the single-season record for doubles wins. While both broke the old record, Allison Tungate is the new leader with 17 doubles wins, while Paige Tungate and Lewis each have 16 victories.
Before the spring season started in March, Webster coach Michael Siener said, “Overall, with the recruitment and the new players we have on the women’s side, it is the best women’s team I’ve had here.”
The records show this was the best women’s tennis team in Webster’s history. It will take another remarkable season to top the one the 2011-2012 Gorloks had.