The American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) has announced the 2019 women's tennis major awards and 22-member all-conference team.
Senior Kelsey Kruse (Decorah, Iowa), junior Devon Bourget (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial) and sophomore Shelby Cook (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) were all named all-conference in both singles and doubles. This is the third time of their careers that Kruse and Bourget have been so honored and the second year in a row for Cook. Freshman Lexi Hastings (Menomonie, Wis.) was named all-conference in doubles.
Bourget and Cook played No. 1 doubles for the Norse and Kruse and Hastings played No. 2. Both teams went undefeated in A-R-C action posting records of 7-0. At the A-R-C Individual Tournament, these two teams faced each other in the championship match that was won by Bourget and Cook (8-6). Bourget and Cook completed the fall schedule with a doubles record of 15-1, while Kruse and Hastings were 12-3.
Bourget was also named the league's Most Valuable Player. With this honor she becomes the 17th player in Luther history to earn MVP honors and the first since 2009. Leading the Norse at No. 1 singles, she posted a regular league record of 8-0 and went on to win the championship of the A-R-C Individual Flight A Singles Tournament. She finished the fall schedule with a record of 13-3.
Head Coach Adam Strand and assistant coach Britta Pressler '19 were named the Coaching Staff of the Year. Strand and Pressler guided the Norse to their 28th conference title in program history and third in the last four years. The regular season championship clinched the top seed for the A-R-C NCAA Automatic Qualifier (AQ) Tournament that Luther will host April 24-25, 2020. The winner of the tournament will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA III National Tournament.
The Norse finished conference play with a perfect 8-0 mark and a 9-1 overall record. Luther's Coaching Staff of the Year honor is the third under the direction of Strand (2016, 2017, 2019) and the 19th for program.