Times Sports Editor
Northview graduate Lauren Reberger was successful in most of her endeavors in the high school athletic and academic realms so it shouldn't come as a big surprise that she is doing the very same at the collegiate level.
Reberger has continued her scholastic career at The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and is a very key cog in the Engineer's tennis program.
Last season she teamed with current Knights' senior, Briana Cook, to end a successful high school career with a berth in the IHSAA Girls' Tennis Individual State Tournament where they reached the regional level. The duo compiled an 8-1 overall record together and were 4-1 in the state tourney.
Now a member of the Engineers burgeoning squad, Reberger helped the program qualify for the 2011 NCAA Tournament this spring following a fall season in which Rose-Hulman won the HCAC regular season title as well as the conference tournament.
"It was a great feeling (winning the conference). Going into it, we knew it was going to be tough playing Transylvania," Reberger said. "We played them in the regular season and won, so having the chance to play them again in the tournament and win was great. This was actually only the second women's team to win conference in the history of Rose-Hulman, so it was a really big feat. So knowing that, it's quite an honor. I'm really looking forward to see where the team can go."
Reberger, who was Northview's Salutatorian along with Kyle Hughes, has enjoyed the challenge of continuing her tennis career along with the rigors of an academic course load that most would shy away from in a heartbeat.
"Rose-Hulman has been great. It's been pretty busy, lots of studying and the opportunity to play tennis has been excellent," Reberger said. "Having won conference in my first year was quite a surprise and getting to know (the team) and traveling around to relax away from studying while being competitive has been great."