April 9, 2013

Tennis Celebrates Senior Players

The Agnes Scott College tennis team lost to Huntingdon College today, 6-3. Between singles and doubles matches, the Scotties celebrated seniors Hannah Kraus and Rachel Storz. Agnes Scott also hosted a tailgate with free hot dogs and hamburgers in celebration of NCAA Division III week.

The two seniors on Agnes Scott's tennis team have been a part of the winningest team in Agnes Scott history. During their career, the tennis team has won the conference championship every year and has advanced to the NCAA tournament each year.

Senior Hannah Kraus is a music major from Lilburn, GA. She has been a rock for the Scottie tennis team for the past four years. The Scotties have largely built their outstanding doubles success around this senior. To date, she has amassed a singles record of 45 wins and 18 losses and a doubles record of 34 wins and 19 losses. In conference play, she has lost only seven singles matches in the past four years and has lost only five doubles matches. (stats include tonight's match) She was named to the GSAC all-freshman team and was named to the GSAC all-conference team her sophomore and junior years. She has been named to the GSAC All-academic team all years eligible. Hannah inspires us all to get stronger and smile more often. After graduation, she plans to move to the country of Panama with her boyfriend to search for a job.

Senior Rachel Storz is one of the top athletes to ever compete for Agnes Scott. A double major in neuroscience and religious studies, from Seattle, Washington, Rachel has amassed a singles record of 47 wins, 12 losses and a doubles record of 48 wins and 14 losses. In conference play, she has lost only two singles matches her entire career and has only lost two doubles matches. (stats include tonight's match) Rachel has been named GSAC Player of the year three years running. She has been named to the all-conference team three years in a row and the GSAC All-Academic team all years eligible. In addition, Rachel has won the athletic department's most prestigious award, Sportswoman of the Year, two years in a row and was awarded Rookie of the year her freshman year. This year, she was named a top 25 finalist for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup Award. In addition to her athletic achievements, Rachel is a presidential scholar and is involved with various organizations and service projects on campus and in the community. After graduation she hopes to continue at Agnes Scott for a fifth year.

In tonight's match, Agnes Scott started off with a win by Storz and Alex Cadle in number one doubles, 8-3, and a win by Anne and Claire Rinaldo in number three doubles, 8-6. In singles play, Agnes Scott lost number at two, four and six. Claire Rinaldo won 6-3, 6-3 in the number five spot. Sophomore Alex Cadle battled Britni Thibodeau in the number three spot and ultimately lost, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Senior Rachel Storz battled Taylor Clark in the number one spot and succumbed to the heat and humidity with muscle cramps before retiring 4-6, 6-1, 4-4. Storz' loss is her first conference regular season loss and is only the second time she has ever lost in a conference singles match. Her other conference loss was also to Clark at the conference championship match last year.

Agnes Scott also hosted a tailgate today in celebration of NCAA Division III week. The festivities will continue tomorrow at the softball field with a recognition of spring scholar-athletes at 5:45 p.m. followed by a doubleheader versus LaGrange College starting at 6 p.m.

The tennis team will return to action on Thursday to face Wesleyan College at 4 p.m.

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