If the ITA-NAIA women’s tennis rankings announced today are any indication, it figures to be a banner spring for the McPherson College Bulldogs.
Newcomer Lea Striegel received the highest ranking in McPherson College women's tennis history at No. 21. Nikki Thornburg checks in at No. 38.
"Lea is only a freshman and her ranking speaks highly of the level of tennis she is already playing at," Mac coach Justin Stuckey said. "Nikki T's recognition is well deserved due to what she has done this fall.”
Nikki Vorhees secured her first singles national ranking at No. 45 and combined with Zoe Bouwmeester for a No. 22 doubles ranking.
“This is not the first time that Vorhees has been ranked in doubles, but for Bouwmeester, to be a freshman speaks highly to the level of doubles the duo is playing at,” Stuckey said.
Bouwmeester is the first freshmen the Bulldogs have ever had ranked in doubles.
"These rankings show just how talented of a women's team we have this year," Stuckey said. "Most teams are doing extremely well when one player is ranked nationally or they have one doubles team, so the fact that we have three players currently ranked in the Top 50 in singles and one doubles team in the Top 25 says a lot about where we are right now."
"Lea is only a freshman and her ranking speaks highly of the level of tennis she is already playing at," continued Coach Stuckey. "Nikki T's recognition is well deserved due to what she has done this fall. This is not the first time that Nikki Vorhees has been ranked in doubles but for Zoe Bouwmeester, her partner this fall, to be a freshmen speaks highly to the level of doubles the duo is playing at."