GRINNELL’S LAURA KRULL BECOMES FIRST PIONEER WOMAN IN MODERN HISTORY TO QUALIFY FOR NCAA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
GRINNELL, Iowa – Already having made history last fall, Grinnell College’s Laura Krull ’13 has done so again.
Krull (New Braunfels, Texas/Keystone National) became the first Pioneer woman’s tennis player in modern history to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Tennis Championships, which will be May 23-25 at Kalamazoo, Mich.
Krull, ranked ninth in the Central Region with an 18-4 record, is one of 32 players to make the singles field. Prior to competing at nationals, she and her Pioneer teammates will compete in the NCAA Regional Championships this weekend in Chicago, Ill.
Krull made history last fall when she became the first Pioneer woman to win the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional title, which sent her to the national event. She then became the first Pioneer woman in modern history to win a match at the national level, and went on to finish sixth in the nine-player field.
“By being selected to the NCAA Division III Tournament, we can consider it a final stamp on a fabulous senior year put forth by Laura,” said Grinnell coach Andy Hamilton. “I’m really pleased that she was able to stay healthy and present her talents as a tennis player. Laura’s invitation to nationals is a great accomplishment for our program and the College.”