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Concordia's women's tennis team, coached by Bernice Pavek, compiled an MIAC 6-0 record, an overall tally of 15-4 and a fourth place finish at the conference tournament. Individually, Tammy Thielman '84, number-two singles from Jamestown, N.D., placed sixth in conference play. She received recognition as a 1984 ITCA (Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association) Scholar-Athlete of the Year based on her varsity tennis accomplishments and outstanding scholastic achievement. A four-year varsity regular and captain of the team her third and fourth years, she graduated summa cum laude with a major in biology. Kelly Oevermann '85, from Cass Lake, Minn.; Jill Waalen 84 Hudson, Wis.; and Karen Brunsdale '85, Mahnomen, Minn., Concordia's number three-through-five singles respectively, were all eliminated in the semi-final round of conference play. Kathlyn Kinnear '84, number-six singles player from Greenwood, Ind., won the consolation round after being upset as a seeded player.
A competitor since seventh grade, she was afraid tennis would interfere with her schoolwork at Concordia so she made it a point to budget her time very carefully. When lab schedules meant missing practices, she used her study breaks to play tennis. Although earning all-American status was a thrill, Gilbertson doesn't feel it proves superiority in a sport. "What the honor says is that the person had a really good year," she says. "To win the honor four years could say that 'here's an athlete with some good talent.'