Cougar Tennis Adds New Talent for 2013-14
“All three are hard workers with serious academic and athletic ambitions,” Grebin said. “They will contribute greatly to the team’s success and our future in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.”
Bunkers and Seigenthaler are Roosevelt High School teammates that led the Roughriders to consecutive third places finishes at the last two SDHSAA Girls State tennis tournaments. Bunkers and Seigenthaler are also members of the Sioux Empire Fitness Lobsters, winners of the 2010 Jr. Team Tennis 18U Northern Intermediate section and runners-up at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Junior Team Tennis National Championships.
Kara Bunkers is a five-year varsity player and three-time GDC all-conference performer at Roosevelt. She took third in flight three singles at the 2012 state tournament and is also the sister of USF sophomore kicker Jace Bunkers.
Abby Seigenthaler is another highly motivated player from the Rough Rider program. She was runner-up in No. 4 singles at the 2012 state tournament. She and Bunkers teamed up for a fourth place finish in flight one doubles.
Seigenthaler was also this year’s recipient of the SD Tennis Hall of Fame’s “Spirit of Max” Award, which is presented annually to a deserving senior boy and girl tennis player following their respective state high school tennis tournaments. The award is based on high academic achievement (3.5 plus grade point average), tennis achievement and sportsmanship, non-tennis extra curricular activities and character traits involving self-discipline, high ethics and respectful behavior.
She will be joining older sister Molly, who is currently a redshirt junior on the Cougar tennis team.
“Abby and Kara are very accomplished players that were integral parts of the success that the Roosevelt High School tennis program has experienced the last few years,” Grebin said. “I’m excited to bring one of the best number one doubles teams in the state to campus.”
Also joining the Cougars is Haylie Noha, a four-year varsity player that hails from Baldwin, Wisconsin.
Noha took sixth place in first flight doubles at the 2012 Wisconsin Girls State Tournament—the first-ever state medal for Baldwin-Woodville High School. A two-time all-state selection for the Blackhawks, Noha ended her four-year varsity career with a record of 87-22 (53 singles wins, 34 doubles) and was part of more dual meet wins than any other player in program history. The two-year team captain broke the school record with 28 wins this season.
“Haylie is regarded as a very quick counterpuncher with solid fundamentals across the board,” Grebin said. “She is a highly motivated, hardworking and accomplished student-athlete with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills who will be a great addition to our team.”
Among her many other accolades are: four-time sectional qualifier, three-time state qualifier, 2010 Middle Border Conference tournament champion (#1 doubles), notched three straight (2010-12) third place finishes (#1 singles) at the conference tournament, 2012 sectional champion (#1 doubles), third place sectional finish (#1 doubles, 2010; #1 singles, 2011).
Noha also led the Blackhawks to back-to-back Middle Border Conference Championships along with a sectional runner-up finish in 2012. She posted a 7-0 record in conference matches as senior.
"I chose to be a part of the USF family because of what it has to offer: a small campus, friendly people, and a strong academic environment," Noha said. "As far as being one of the new members to Cougar tennis, Coach Grebin has done a wonderful job of making me feel like I will be an important part of the team when I arrive next fall."
USF will open its spring slate on Fri., Feb. 1, against Augustana College. The teams will square off at Sioux Empire Fitness at 6:30 p.m.