On Wednesday evening, Caroline Helmer signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division III tennis next fall for Gordon College.
The senior has been a stalwart player for the girls’ tennis team for the past two seasons, helping to lead them to undefeated campaigns and back-to-back tournament championships. In the 2020 title match against Portledge, Helmer, with her 1st doubles partner Sam Cox, overcame an early deficit in the first set to win 7-5 before winning five straight games in set two to win it, 6-2, and claim a pivotal match in the Bears’ 3-2 win. While her tennis skills have made her an important part of the team, it is her winsome nature and quiet leadership that will be even more difficult to replace next year.
Next fall she will move on to Wenham, MA where she is set to join a Fighting Scots squad that earned a berth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinals last fall, but will be looking to replace three graduating seniors. Helmer follows in the footsteps of Sarah Hickey ’09 and Richie Armand ’12 who also played tennis at Gordon and she is part of a larger lineage of nearly two dozen Stony Brook athletes that have played for the Scots.