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 playoff finals match three times (2008, 2013, 2015). The women won the MIAC playoff title for the first time ever in 2015 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 women’s tennis team 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. Its 2012-13 team had a 3.46 team grade-point average. UST has received the ITA Team Academic honor each of the last six seasons.
The Tommies’ 2002 team reached the national playoffs for the first time in a decade. They finished 19-4 and lost in the second round of the NCAA playoffs. The 2003 Tommies also took second in the conference and reached the second round of the NCAA playoffs. They finished with the No. 18 national ranking and finished 19-4. UST went 16-4 in 2004 duals and finished fourth in the MIAC standings. They finished 19-4 and lost in the second round of the NCAA playoffs.
The 2008 Tommie women took second in the conference playoffs and finished 17-4. St. Thomas also placed second in the 2013 MIAC playoffs with a 5-3 upset of top-seed St. Catherine.
In 2014, the Tommie women won 80 percent of their singles and doubles matches. They won 12 consecutive dual contests and closed with a 15-4 overall record.
The 2015 women's team defeated top-seeded Gustavus to claim the MIAC playoff crown and advance to the NCAA playoffs. They won their first match in the NCAA tournament but ended their season with a loss to No. 6-ranked Carnegie Mellon.
In 2016, the Tommie women finished the regular-season in a three-way for first place and shared the MIAC regular-season crown with Carleton and Gustavus but fell in the MIAC semifinals to Gustavus. They ended the season with a 16-3 record.