Deena Gordon is leading the Pointers tennis team for the third time as head coach, and although she returns to a team without seniors, she is not worried about lacking experience.
“We have only one freshman that has no college experience, and what I like about this team is these girls have played in different settings, and they each have their own different style,” Gordon said.
Katelyn Asfeld, junior, was all over the board last season. She was not only one of the lead doubles players, being matched up with five different partners, but was also the Pointers’ top singles player throughout the year. Asfeld looks to draw on that experience for this season.
“I got some experience and I know what I need to do to up my game now, specifically being aggressive while still being patient at the same time,” Asfeld said.
After going through last season in a major role, Asfeld has set her goals much higher for this upcoming season, hoping to be one of the top four players in the conference. Some of her own teammates, including sophomore Nicole Thorson and junior Emily Kleist, will be challenging her for that spot.
Kleist spent her last two seasons at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Community College, where she was the state champion. She looks to carry that success to the team here at UW-Stevens Point.
“I really wanted to play more competitive tennis. I was a state champion in my two years at UW-Waukesha and felt like I should go to a higher level and try something different. I was really drawn to this team when I heard there was openings,” Kleist said.
UWSP has been knocking on the door of the four-team spring tournament, where the top four teams in the WIAC Championship qualify, but they have narrowly missed by finishing fifth the past two seasons.
The number one goal of the team is to bust that door down.
“Being in that top four spot is the main goal. We have just been right outside of it the last two years, and also just upping the intensity of our practices on a daily basis as individuals will lead to team improvements to hit that top four spot,” Gordon said.
The Pointer roster is filled by juniors Rachael Kwiatkowski, Frances Weiss, and Megan Zilke. Abbey Johnson and Kaylee Roberts are the other sophomores and Elizabeth Wilichowski is the lone freshman.
UWSP will take the court again this Thursday in DePere against St. Norbert.