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1985-1986 Season
1985-1986 Team Photo: Front Row: Leanne Budolfson, Kristen Budolfson, Anissa Rogness, Sara Fish, Suzanna Vogol, Tamara Haley, Alison Hong, Alison Vogel, Huong Phi, Nikki Nickila. Second Row: Catherin Budolfson, Alison Smith, Shelley Jesse, Jaren Clover, Julie Chelte, Sarah Page, Amy Moore, Aliza Geretz, Aimee Harmel. Third Row: Amy Tischer, Jenny Soderholm, Shelley Majors, Soukthavi Kouanchao, Erin Burkett, Erica Alward, Janet Christenson, Nicola Pine. Back Row: Coach Beske, Coach Wood, Robin Mikelson, Christina Stavrov, Suzanne Ehrhorn, Ashley Hamilton, Ashley Dahl, Shanna Pearson, Meera Dhanalal, Jeannie Bergman, Coach Due Phi.

According to the 1986 South Yearbook, the Women’s Tennis team was “one big family.”  And big it was.  Thirty-five women joined this year, the most of ever for a South Women’s Tennis Team.  The Tigers were ready to make a run for the conference title.

South opened the season with a 5-2 win over Roosevelt.  This was followed by a 5-0 win over Henry.

The next opponent, North, looked to be another win.  North lost their only conference match of the season to Washburn.  In a shocking upset, the Polars beat the Tigers 4-1! 

Any chance the Tigers had to claim the conference title all hinged on their next match, against Southwest.  Southwest was undefeated.  If the Tigers could win, there would be a three-way tie for first place.  In a closely contested match, the Tigers fell 4-3, dashing hopes for a title.

South took on Washburn next.  Since they beat North, and North beat the Tigers, the odds were not in favor of South.  However, no one told that to the players.  South played hard and won 4-3!

The last match of the season was an easy 6-1 win over Edison. 

South again finished 4-2, but with North losing to Southwest, the Tigers and Polars tied for second place.

The first doubles team of Ashley Dahl and Sara Fish were named to the All-Conference team after the season was over.

George Beske again coached the team.  He was again assisted by Due Phi, and newcomer Ms. Wood.