Top 20 Moments - Women's Tennis

May 1995
Trinity University, after a victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) Colleges (6-3), lost to the University of California-San Diego in the semifinals and Washington & Lee (Va.) University in the consolation match to finish in fourth place at the 1995 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships played in Sweet Briar, Va.

April 27-30, 2006
For the first time since 1997, the SCAC was unable to complete its women’s tennis championship match. With the league’s two powerhouses meeting for the third time in four years for the SCAC women’s tennis championship, the match was called with DePauw University leading 3-1, due to travel conflicts for Trinity University. Both teams were declared co-champions. The title match, which was played on Sewanee’s three indoor courts, started several hours late due to Sunday’s inclement weather. The championship was the 16th consecutive for Trinity, which remains the league's all-time record for consecutive conference championships in any sport.

May 1996
The SCAC sends three teams - the most of any Division III conference in the nation - to compete in the field of 14 at the 1996 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships. Of the three, Trinity University fares the best as the Tigers finish in fourth place for the second consecutive year. Rhodes College and Sewanee-The University of the South both drop first-round matches. In individual competition, defending singles champion Nao Kinoshita of Rhodes College is upset in the quarterfinals by Trinity’s Laura Brady, who is then defeated in the semifinals.

May 18, 2002
The Trinity University women’s tennis team falls one match short of reaching the national title match for the third consecutive year as the Tigers are defeated 5-4 by Williams in the semifinals of the 2002 NCAA Division III Championships. Later that day, Trinity loses 5-4 to Washington & Lee in the third/fourth place match.

May 1992
The women's tennis team for Sewanee-The University of the South is selected as one of eight schools to participate in the 1992 Division III Women’s Tennis Championships. The Tigers lose 7-2 in the first round to Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) College, but in the process becomes the first team in the SCAC era to finish in the Top 10 in a national championship competition. Sewanee’s Cameron Tyer advanced to the semifinals of the individual competition as well as the doubles competition with teammate Becky Jo Doncaster. The following year, Tyer was named Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Senior Player-of-the-Year.

May 17-19, 2003
The fourth-seeded doubles team of senior Haley Heathman and freshman Liz Bondi of DePauw University, who was named last week as the national player to watch by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, defeated the top-seeded team of Lindsay Hagerman and Erika Proko of Washington & Lee, 7-6 (4), 6-4, to advance to the Division III doubles championship against second-seeded Mary Ellen Gordon and Jolyn Taylor of Emory. The tandem then lost to the Emory team in the national title match by a 6-3, 6-2 score, snapping a 23-match win streak for the DePauw duo.

May 17, 2007
A day after falling to Amherst College in the national semifinals, Sewanee-The University of the South earned the third-place trophy by defeating second-ranked Williams, 5-3, in Fredericksburg at the 2007 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships. This year’s team, which finished with 23-2 record, posted the highest national finish for any Sewanee team in any sport. The 1990 women's tennis team for Sewanee finished fourth in the nation after the NCAA tournament. 

May 4-10, 1999
The Trinity University women finish third nationally at the 1999 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships. It is the fourth time in seven years the Trinity women have finished third or better at the championships. After receiving a first-round bye, The Tigers defeat Washington & Lee 7-2, in the second round before dropping a 5-4 decision to eventual national champion Amherst in the national semifinals. Trinity rebounds to win the third/fourth match with Skidmore 5-4.

In individual competition, Lola Taylor and Lizzie Yasser of Trinity advance all the way to the doubles finals before losing 6-4, 6-3, to Inke Noel and Lisa Powers of Skidmore in the national championship match.

May 1993
At the 1993 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships, held at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., Trinity University takes third place with a 5-4 victory over Mary Washington (Va.) College in the national consolation match. Trinity defeated Emory (Ga.) University, 6-3, in the national quarterfinals but lost to eventual champion Kenyon (Ohio) College, 6-3, in the semifinals. Sewanee-The University of the South picks up sixth-place after losing 6-3 to the University of California-San Diego in the fifth-place match.

In individual competition, Trinity’s Stephanie Desmond teams with Pascale Muhleman to reach the doubles championship, but the pair are defeated in the title match 6-4, 7-5.

May 1994
Trinity University's women’s tennis team, playing as the top seed in Kalamazoo, Mich., finishes third in the nation by knocking off Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) College, 5-1, in the consolation finals. Sewanee-The University of the South's women finish seventh after a 5-4 win over the University of California-Santa Cruz in the seventh place match. Rhodes College's Nao Kinoshita makes it to the championship match of the national singles competition, defeating Trinity’s Stephanie Desmond (6-2, 6-0) in the national semifinals before dropping the championship match to Claire Turchi of Pomona-Pitzer 6-2, 6-3. Kinoshita, just a freshman, had won the Women’s Rolex Southern Championships in Atlanta earlier in the year.

April 26-29, 2007
Sewanee-The University of the South captures its first-ever outright SCAC women’s tennis title by defeating #1 nationally-ranked DePauw University, 5-4, as part of the 2007 Spring Sports Festival at the Waco Regional Tennis Center in Waco, Texas. With the match deadlocked at 4-4, Sewanee’s Jordan Casey fought back from down a set to defeat DePauw’s Kristine Lewry, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, to give the Tigers the match victory and conference championship. Liz Bondi, with a career record of 11-0, becomes just one of three players to go their entire career without losing a match in SCAC tournament singles play – joining Laura Brady (1995-1998) and Lizzie Yasser (1999-2002), both of Trinity. After voting two weeks later, Bondi also joined Yasser as the only winners of back-to-back-to-back SCAC Women's Tennis Player-of-the-Year awards.

May 23, 2005
DePauw University's Liz Bondi, after advancing with a semifinal win over Kristen Raverta of Amherst, loses a tough, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, decision to Lindsay Hagerman of Washington & Lee in the championship match of the 2005 NCAA Women’s Tennis Division III Individual Tournament.

April 22-25, 2004
Trinity University’s women’s tennis team wins its 13th consecutive conference title with a 9-0 sweep of Sewanee-University of the South in the title match of the 2004 SCAC Women’s Tennis Championship at the DeKalb Tennis Center in Atlanta, Ga. Trinity’s run in women’s tennis is the longest consecutive championship streak in any sport in the 42-year history of the CAC/SCAC.

May 22, 2002
Trinity University senior all-American Lizzie Yasser becomes the first female Trinity tennis player in 16 years to reach the NCAA singles final but loses in a hard-fought final to defending NCAA Champion Elena Blanina of Methodist, 7-5, 7-6(2).

May 20, 2001
Williams College defeats Trinity University, 6-3, to win the 2001 NCAA Division III National Championship for women’s tennis Sunday on the campus of Trinity. The Tigers had advanced to Sunday’s final after victories over Washington & Lee (7-2) and Amherst (5-4) and fell just short of repeating as national champions.

May 12, 1997
The sixth-seeded Trinity University women’s tennis team lose to top-seed Kenyon (Ohio) College, 6-3, in the finals of the 1997 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College in Claremont College. The appearance in the national finals is the first for the Trinity women's program after five straight showings in the national semifinals. Trinity reached the title match by defeating Washington (Mo.) University, 5-4, in the first round, Amherst (Mass.) College, 6-3, in the quarterfinals and Emory (Ga.) University, the second-seed and defending national champion, 5-4, in the semifinals.

May 15, 1995
Nao Kinoshita of Rhodes College, a sophomore from Tokyo, Japan, defeats Amy Smith of Emory (Ga.) University, 7-6, 6-0, to win the 1995 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Singles Championship at Sweet Briar, Va. This victory marks the first individual national championship for both Rhodes College and the conference (SCAC era).

May 20, 2007
After victories over Sarah D'Elia of Bowdoin in the opening round (6-4, 6-0); Tshema Nash of Emory in the round of 16 (6-1, 6-3); Middlebury's Amy Roche in the quarterfinals (6-3, 6-3) and Pomona-Pitzer's Siobhan Finicane in the semifinals (6-3, 6-3), DePauw’s top-seeded Liz Bondi played for the national singles title for the second time in three years, and this time, the senior all-American would not be denied. Bondi wrapped up her collegiate career by winning the University's first individual tennis national title as she defeated defending champion Emily Applegate of Washington & Lee in the NCAA Division III singles final 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3). In the third and deciding set, each player held serve and Bondi fought off three match points. She eventually won the tiebreaker, 7-3. Bondi, who finishes the 2006-07 season with a 31-2 singles record and a 25-3 doubles mark, was later named the ITA Division III Senior of the Year and the Honda Division III Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Over the course of her career the Park Ridge, Ill., resident finished with a 124-10 singles record and 119-15 in doubles.

May 19-21, 2000
The Trinity University women take the 2000 Division III Women’s Tennis Championship at St. Peter, Minn., defeating UC-San Diego 4-3 in the title match. Abby Ulrich defeated Melissa Liao of UC-San Diego at #5 in a tough three set match (2-6, 6-4, 6-1) to wrap up the championship. The Tigers had defeated Williams, 6-3, in the quarterfinals and advanced to the finals with a 6-3 victory over Washington & Lee. Trinity had finished third in 1999 and was national runner-up in 1997.

With the men earning their own title in Kalamazoo, Mich., just minutes before the women, Trinity became the first school in Division III history to win the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships in the same year. The titles are also the first-ever team national championships for a SCAC school.

May 12, 1997
Senior Nao Kinoshita of Rhodes wins her second national title in three years, taking the 1997 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Singles Championship with a straight sets victory of 6-4, 6-4 over Jamie Levine of Skidmore (N.Y.) College. Kinoshita, a three-time all-American, remains of the most decorated female student-athlete in SCAC history. Kinoshita wins two individual national championships with one second-place finish, a doubles national championship and finishes with a 81-7 all-time singles record.

And as if one title over the weekend was not enough, Kinoshita teamed with Taylor Tarver to win the 1997 NCAA Division III Doubles Championship. The Rhodes duo won the championship with a 6-4, 6-3 straight sets victory over Aaron Hockman and Ali St. Vincent of Kenyon (Ohio) College.

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