Whitewater looks to continue WIAC streak


Mikey Rottier

The Warhawk tennis team poses for a picture after winning the WIAC Tournament in 2021 Credit: Frank Barnes

Brian Gale, Journalist

In the last 15 seasons Whitewater Women’s tennis team has won the WIAC championship 15 times. The last time Whitewater didn’t win the WIAC championship was in 2007. The goal isn’t just the WIAC championship, this season the team has even higher goals.

 Head coach Frank Barnes who has been the coach of Whitewater women’s tennis team since 2004 has been good as a coach having a 352-126 record as well as winning 16 WIAC championships in his 19 years of being head coach for Whitewater. 

“We have been successful. We want to win the conference but also we hope to advance to the final eight in the NCAA tournament” says Frank. Advancing to the final eight would be the first in this program’s history.

The biggest strengths Whitewater has is that they have a ton of depth and that is due to the recruiting of coach Frank. But Whitewater is also returning four of their six players from last season when they won the spring WIAC tournament. Whitewater has a lot to look forward to right now but also in the future as three players Autumn Bruno, Cassie Lee, Gianna Nikolei are only sophomores but have gained a lot of experience for most of the year being in the top three spots. 

Not only has the Warhawks been successful on the tennis court but also in the classroom. In his time at Whitewater coach Frank has stressed the importance of the classroom. Because of this between the mens and womens team Frank has coached 60 Chancellor’s Scholar-Athletes, nine WIAC scholar athletes of the year and five Academic All-Americans.

Whitewaters biggest competition in the WIAC is Eau-Claire, who finished the WIAC second the past couple years. The other team Whitewater might have some issues with is Lacrosse who has finished behind both Whitewater and Eau-Claire for several years now. While both teams hope to slay the giant that is Whitewater. Whitewater looks to continue its dominance and take their shot at the NCAA tournament.