Women’s tennis team caps historic run with NCAA Elite Eight appearance

Student-athlete Lexa Loden was part of UNG sports history as a member of the first UNG women’s tennis team to reach the Elite Eight.

“That was the best way I could have thought of ending my tennis career at UNG,” Loden said. “It was just an incredible experience to be a part of.”

The team finished the season with a 22-6 record, breaking the previous record of 20 wins set in 2017. The Nighthawks were in their third straight NCAA tournament, which accounts for the first three postseason trips in program history.

This was the second straight season the team reached the Sweet 16, but this year it went one step further. It also marks the sixth straight winning record for the program led by head coach Kent Norsworthy, who capped his 14th season.

“The seniors definitely led the way and set the standard,” Norsworthy said. “We’re going to miss that experience a ton.”