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Women’s tennis undefeated after fall season

Kayelee Smith and Morgan Francis stand ready as they prepare for a serve in a doubles match against Ottawa University.

Story by Makenzie Musgrove, Sports Editor

December 2, 2019

The Baker University Women’s Tennis team finished up their fall season undefeated with a 3-0 record while facing tough competition. In their first matchup of the year, the Wildcats faced the William Jewell Cardinals. The Wildcats and Cardinals have a history of matchups. The Cardinals have historically...

Tennis ends season at conference

Freshman Janie King hits a forehand back to her Missouri Valley opponent in Baker’s last home match of the season. The team fell to MVC 7-2.

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

May 4, 2018

The men’s and women’s tennis teams both ended the spring season at the conference tournament. The teams traveled to Webster Groves, Missouri, to compete in the Unaffiliated Grouping Conference Tournament, which included teams from the Heart of America Athletic Conference as well as the American Midwes...

Baker falls to MVC to end regular season

Baker's No. 2 doubles team of senior Holly Chestnut and junior Sophie Robertson talk with assistant coach Lexi Hertling between games on Monday. The doubles team picked up a win over Missouri Valley College 8-5

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

April 25, 2018

The men’s and women’s tennis teams each fell to Missouri Valley College 7-2 in the last regular-season match. One of the two wins for the Baker women came from the No. 2 doubles team of senior Holly Chestnut and junior Sophie Robertson. Chestnut and Robertson defeated MVC’s Lauryn Dayon and...

‘Cats defeat College of Saint Mary 6-3

Senior Holly Chestnut lunges for a ball in her match at Ottawa University.

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

April 6, 2018

At the halfway point in the season, the women’s tennis team now sits at 6-2 after defeating College of Saint Mary 6-3 on March 24. The women’s team took two of the three doubles matches over Saint Mary. The first win came from Kate Taylor-Doran and Sophie Robertson, winning 8-2 in the top doub...

Tennis teams prepare for conference matches

Morgan Francis serves in Baker's match against Ottawa on March 28. Photo by Alex Fortuna.

Story by Chad Mullen, Writer

April 4, 2017

The Baker tennis teams are on a hot streak heading into a stretch of matches against conference opponents, with both the men and women winning their past three matches. First-year head coach Keith Pipkin didn’t even realize it. “I just go one match at a time, honestly,” he said following the...

Tennis teams look to build on success of last season

Senior Austin Keberlein steps into a forehand in his singles match against McPherson College on Feb. 25. Photo by Alex Fortuna.

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor

March 1, 2017

The Baker tennis teams took on McPherson College on Saturday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center in Lawrence. The No. 20 ranked McPherson women defeated the Wildcats 6-3, and the No. 18 ranked McPherson men defeated Baker 9-0. On the women’s side, the Wildcats took three singles matches. At the No. 2 spot,...

New coach hopes to be an ace for tennis program

Head tennis coach Keith Pipkin watches a match Oct. 7 against William Jewell College. Pipkin is in his first year at Baker. Image by Jenna Black.

Story by Alex Fortuna, Photographer

October 17, 2016

Baker University has turned to a recent alumnus to lead the tennis program. Keith Pipkin, who graduated from Baker in 2011, is the new coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams. As an undergraduate, Pipkin first played at Johnson County Community College before joining the Baker tennis...

Women’s tennis team hosts two matches in one day

Women's tennis team hosts two matches in one day

Story by Jenna Black, Photo Editor

April 19, 2016

The Baker women's tennis team split a pair of team matches on Tuesday, April 19, at Laury Tennis Courts. The Wildcats displayed their dominance with an 8-1 win over Stephens College and gained ground on defending Heart of America Athletic Conference champions, Evangel University, but lost 5-1. Sophomores...

Tennis teams win road matches

Story by Jenna Black, Photo Editor

April 18, 2016

The men and women’s tennis teams spent the weekend in Belleville, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri, for matches April 15-16. The women’s team won three out of the four matches, while the men collected two wins. The women first faced a tough William Woods University team that handed them their...