In With the New

The Highline College Women’s Tennis team will enter the 2019/20 season led by sophomore Mikyla Olsen, returning with a singles championship and second place in doubles in the 2019 NWAC Women’s Tennis Championships. She will be joined by five freshmen: Autumn Simpson (Cleveland HS, Seattle, WA ); Katie Giles (Fort Benton HS, Montana); Marissa Nemeth (Olympic High School, Bremerton, WA);  Marie Fenske (Hazen HS, Renton, WA), and Laura Quinney (Auburn Mountainview HS, Auburn, WA).

Highline Tennis Mikyla OlsenReturning sophomore and singles champion Mikyla Olsen will welcome five new teammates to the 2019/20 season

Meet the Next Wave of Highline Women Tennis Student-Athletes

(biographical information and quotes taken from the Women’s Tennis Facebook page)

Autumn Simpson
Women's Tennis - Autumn Simpson

 Autumn Simpson  played for Cleveland HS in Seattle where she was a 2x District Qualifier in singles and served as the team captain. Cleveland Head Coach Roger Yamaguchi says, “Autumn was a wonderful player to have on our team this year. She was selected by our coaching staff to be our girl’s captain in recognition of her play, work ethic and desire to help her teammates. She has an aggressive baseline style and hits with both topspin and depth.” T-Bird Head Coach Laura Rosa loves Autumn’s grittiness, “I understand that Autumn volunteered to run an extra mile from school to the practice courts every day just to increase her cardio. Those are the kinds of attributes you cannot teach. I’m excited to get her out to practice in the fall!”

Marie Fenske
Women's Tennis - Marie Fenske

 Marie Fenske played for Hazen HS where she was a West Central District qualifier in doubles, named NPSL All-League First Team, team captain and earned the All-Academic Award four years in a row. Marie’s high school coach Gail Ellis says, “Marie is an outstanding young lady on and off the court. She is an excellent, dedicated student and a supportive teammate. She has integrity, high morals and she is coachable and has the drive to keep improving. She will certainly be missed on the Hazen courts.” TBird Head Coach Laura Rosa expects Marie to fit right in with the intensity of TBird doubles play, “Marie plays with both the fire and focus that our coaching staff admires. She is aggressive and plays a fearless doubles style that fits well with our team vision.”

Laura Quinney
Women's Tennis - Laura Quinney

Laura Quinney, from Auburn Mountainview HS, was named All-League First Team, was honored as the Auburn Reporter’s Athlete of the Week and served as the team captain her senior year. Her former high school coach Kay Lorraine says “Laura is the hardest worker I have ever coached. Here feet are constantly moving, she hustles even when she is picking up balls. She always has a smile on her face and truly loves the game.” T-Bird Head Coach Laura Rosa believes Laura will be a terrific addition to the team, “Laura has beautiful strokes and footwork. She is also a tough competitor and smart player which fits right into our team culture.”


Katie Giles
Women's Tennis - Katie Giles

Katie Giles comes from Fort Benson HS, where she won the Montana State High School B/C Doubles Champion.  Katie won the state doubles championship in 2018 and was a finalist in 2019. Katie was also named both Most Improved Player and MVP of the Fort Benton team. Katie’s HS coach Suzie Woodburn says, “Katie plays an aggressive style, especially from the net. From the baseline she hits heavy topspin and is patient as needed. Katie is extremely coachable, every day she comes in hungry to learn and grow as a player. Most importantly she has a heart of gold and is an incredible person who will make any program better by being a great teammate.” T-Bird Head Coach Laura Rosa is excited to have Katie join the team, “The fact that our program is to the point where we are attracting outstanding players from out of the state like Katie Giles speaks volumes. Her experience with multiple appearances in in high pressure matches like the state finals will be invaluable to the T-Birds.”

Marissa Nemeth
Women's Tennis - Marissa Nemeth

Marissa Nemeth comes to Highline by way of Olympic High School where she was a 3x state singles qualifier and most recently placed 4th in singles at the 2A State Championships. Marissa was also the league singles champion, team captain and team MVP. Her former coach Jeff Trainer believes Marissa will be an excellent addition to the T-Bird Team, “Marissa has a big serve, steady groundstrokes and a really solid all-court game. If an opponent makes a mistake and drops a ball short Marissa will pick it off every time to end the point. She also has a huge heart that balances well with her killer instincts.” T-Bird head coach Laura Rosa is equally excited to have Marissa join the team, “Marissa is the type of player that excels at Highline, she is tough, a true competitor and hungry. I believe she has the potential to come in and immediately challenge some of the top players in the Conference.”



2019 NWAC Women’s Tennis Championships

May 10-11:  Highline took home three singles championships and two second place finishes in the 2019 NWAC Women’s Tennis Championships, held in Spokane.  T-Bird  freshmen Lexi Maison, Mikyla Olsen, and Kaylin Phan each won in singles competitions and the teams of Miriam Cabrera/Lexi Maison and Danielle Mendoza/Mikyla Olsen finished second in doubles.


Women’s #1 Singles:  Miriam Cabrera  4th place
Women’s #2 Singles:  Lexi Maison CHAMPION
Women’s #3 Singles:  Mikyla Olsen  CHAMPION
Women’s #4 Singles:  Danielle Mendoza  3rd place
Women’s #5 Singles:  Kaylin Phan  CHAMPION
Women’s #6 Singles:  Nikelle Price  3rd place



Women’s #1 Doubles: Cabrera/Maison  2nd place
Women’s #2 Doubles: Mendoza/Olsen  2nd place
Women’s #3 Doubles: Phan/Price  3rd place

Highline Tennis Lexi Maison
Lexi Maison

Highline Tennis Kaylin Phan
Kaylin Phan

Highline Tennis Mikyla Olsen
Mikyla Olsen