Women’s tennis sweeps senior day over RiverHawks


Kyle Manthe

Senior Kinsey Fields (left) and sophomore Maja Jung (right) smile after winning a point April 23, 2022. Washburn defeated Northeastern State 7-0 in the match.

The newly No. 50 ranked Washburn women’s tennis team returned home from a six-match road trip and delivered a senior day sweep over Northeastern State University in the penultimate match of the regular season.

The Ichabods started the season 4-8 and have won nine of the last 10 as they moved up to No. 4 in the latest Central Region rankings.

“This is definitely the time of year that you want to be playing your best tennis,” said head coach Kirby Ronning. “This is really the level that we saw our girls being able to play, but growth kind of has its ups and downs throughout a season and we aren’t where we are without some of those losses mid-season.”

Prior to Washburn’s fifth win in a row, the team recognized its two seniors, Svea Crohn and Kinsey Fields, who combined for over 100 doubles wins in the last four seasons.

“The thing I am going to miss most is playing with Maja [Jung] in doubles. She just made my Washburn experience so amazing. All of the girls are really amazing,” Fields said.

“Kinsey and Svea have been such a huge part of the success of the team for the last four years, so it’s great to just have a moment to acknowledge everything that they have done,” Ronning said. “They both played great in their matches today … I was super proud of that and that they can celebrate their senior day the right way.”

Ronning is only in his second season as head coach and gives credit for the smooth transition to the players he inherited.

“It made my job a lot easier to start with some great kids,” Ronning said. “They are both kids that if I had the opportunity to recruit, I would bring them both here in a heartbeat.”

The Ichabods moved to 13-9 overall with the win and will have a chance to earn a regular season championship with a win against No. 4 Central Oklahoma April 24.

“Our girls have got a lot of momentum, they can go and compete out there with anybody, it’s just about going out there and having that belief that they can win,” Ronning said.

“Today we started out really good, we just need to start out good like that tomorrow. It’s just another match and we need to think like that,” Fields said.

Crohn and sophomore Marta Torres were flawless at No. 3 doubles, winning 6-0. Behind them, the No. 26 freshman pairing of Isabella Martensson and Lara Schmid won 6-3 at the No. 1 spot to claim the doubles point for Washburn.

Sophomore Maja Jung kicked off singles play with a two-set win at No. 3. Schmid followed from the No. 4 spot, also winning in two sets. After dropping the first set Torres won her final two sets from the No. 1 position to get the fourth point of the day.

From the No. 5 spot, Martensson lost only three set points on her way to a two-set victory. At No. 2 Crohn battled back from losing the first set, and a 4-1 deficit in the third set to win 6-4.

Fields wrapped up play with consecutive 6-2 set wins to complete the sweep.

The Ichabods will wrap up regular season play April 24 against No. 4 Central Oklahoma before the MIAA tournament begins April 29.

Edited by: Alyssa Storm, Glorianna Noland