Program Overview

St. Thomas annually fields competitive tennis teams with high-quality individuals. Terry Peck is beginning his 26th season at St. Thomas and 24th as women’s head coach. Peck coached his 800th college match in 2015, and his teams have won nearly 75% of their matches with a 631-234 record. His Tommies are consistent top-four conference finishers.

St. Thomas has made the MIAC playoffs every year since 2007 and made the women's playoff finals match three times (2008, 2013, 2015). The women won the MIAC playoff title for the first time ever in 2015 and shared the regular-season title in 2016 after tying for first place. The Tommies also have several top-two conference regular-season finishes in the last 14 seasons.

St. Thomas’ 2014 top doubles team – junior Kara Lefsrud and sophomore Bridget Noack – advanced to the fall ITA nationals and earned All-America honors.

In 2010, St. Thomas moved into new on-campus indoor courts in the Anderson Athletics and Recreation Center. UST is also studying options for new outdoor courts on its south campus. St. Thomas also plays several matches five miles away at the University of Minnesota Baseline courts.

UST men’s tennis has approximately 12-15 members. The Tommies take an annual spring trip to Hilton Head, S.C. They also play the best teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

St. Thomas has a strong academic tradition, with two CoSIDA Academic All-America recipients in the last 14 seasons.

 

Recent Success

The 2010 Tommies finished with an 11-6 dual-meet record and had four players named All-MIAC. In 2011, the Toms finished third in the conference with an overall record of 15-4 (7-2 MIAC). All four losses came in matches against regionally-ranked teams. Senior Matt Bergstrom received the Arthur Ashe Award, which is given annually to a senior tennis student-athlete with outstanding sportsmanship and exemplary athletic, academic, and humanitarian accomplishments. The 2011 team also had three players honored as All-MIAC selections – Andrew Michels, Grant Bakke and Brian McCarthy. The Tommies closed the season ranked 15th in Central Region rankings.

The 2012 and 2013 Toms reached the conference playoff semifinals and won 11 matches each season. The 2013 team has six All-MIAC honorees. The 2014 Tommies had a young team with four freshmen in their lineup and posted a 10-6 record. The 2015 and 2016 teams both won 11 matches and made it to the conference playoff semifinals.