As part of our summer series, the Johnson & Wales athletics department is counting down the Top 10 stories from the 2016-17 school year. A group of staff members, coaches and student-athletes selected the best 10 stories from another great season of Wildcat athletics.
Here is #7:
Since the Johnson & Wales University women's tennis team won its last conference championship in 2002, Simmons College has been a thorn in the Wildcats' side. This season the Wildcats yanked that torn out and properly disposed of it.
Johnson & Wales halted the Sharks' 77-match winning streak and stopped their own 21-match losing streak against Simmons with a 9-0 regular-season victory on October 5. After shutting out Saint Joseph in the semifinals, JWU capped its tremendous fall campaign by beating the Sharks 5-1 in the GNAC Championship match.
Head coach Devin Kitterick was named GNAC Coach of the Year and freshman Nina Cohen was selected GNAC Rookie of the Year. Cohen was joined on the All-GNAC teams by senior Morgan Thompson, freshman Luiza Silva Simoes and sophomore Lauren Torre.
Johnson & Wales traveled to Williams College for the first round of the NCAA Tournament where they drew Wilkes University. The Wildcats battled the Colonels and were leading in several singles matches before falling, 5-0. JWU finished the year with 15 victories, tying the 2001-02 squad for the most in school history.