The 2017-18 Alverno College tennis team looks to build on the success of the last three seasons and eyes a fourth consecutive trip to the postseason.
The Inferno's new head coach, Will East, works with five returners and a pair of newcomers on a squad that has broken the school's wins record each of the last three seasons with 10, 11 and 12 wins respectively.
"It's going to be a good season, it's going to be a tough one," said East about the upcoming year. "We lost a lot of players last year and finished third in conference. I want to try and push further, but it's going to be tough, as it's more of a rebuild year, but I think we can do it."
Alverno has also qualified for the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Women's Tennis Tournament for three straight seasons and included a pair of semifinal runs the past two years. Yet the team lost four upperclassmen from last year's roster that was 12-13, 7-2 in NACC play.
Alexander registered a 12-11 singles record and 11-14 doubles record in her rookie campaign while Hutchins was 8-12 and 9-14.
The team opens play at home with a pair of NACC duals Saturday, Sept. 2 versus Edgewood College at 9 a.m. and Marian University at 2 p.m.
Lia Hutchins, Jr., Milwaukee, Wis./Rufus King, 8-12 Singles/9-14 Doubles
Michelle Alexander, So., Los Alamos, N.M./Los Alamos, 12-11 Singles/11-14 Doubles
Lorinn Knoblauch, So., St. Louis, Mo./Crossroads, 1-6 Singles/0-8 Doubles
Alexandria Malicki, So., East Troy, Wis./East Troy, 0-6 Singles/0-8 Doubles
Maria Ochoa, So., Milwaukee, Wis./Nathan Hale, 0-2 Singles/0-0 Doubles
2017-18 Season Opener: Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m. vs. Edgewood College
2017-18 NACC Preseason Poll: Picked 4th
2016-17 Record: 12-13, 7-2 NACC (3rd)