Carol Finke
Carol Finke
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Glencoe, Ill.
High School: New Trier
Major: Psychology
Event(s): Pierson

2015-16 Season (Sophomore): Won six singles matches over course of season… Came back from 6-0 first set deficit to win match on last day of Wildcat Fall Duals... Compiled an overall record of 11-4 in doubles… Played mostly with Ree Ree Li at No. 2 position, going 9-4 and achieving a five-match winning streak… Reached quarterfinals of Doubles A Draw at Harvard Fall Classic with Li… Competed in US Open Qualifying Doubles with Li... Went undefeated in doubles with Caroline Lynch at Wildcat Fall Duals.   

2014-15 Season (Freshman): Compiled a 13-8 overall record in singles, with a 7-2 win-loss mark in fall … Went 10-2 in doubles in fall and finished season with an impressive 19 victories, playing mostly alongside Sherry Li at No. 3 position … Highlight of fall season was reaching round of 16 in doubles at Northeast Regionals … Also went undefeated in singles and doubles at Bulldog Invitational … Highlight of spring season was clinching team’s 4-3 victory over Harvard in a third-set tiebreaker.

Before Yale: Five-star recruit … Ranked as highly as No. 67 in her recruiting class in 2014 … Co-captain of her high school squad in her junior and senior years … Played at No. 1 singles for all four years … Took fourth place at the state championship in her senior year … Received First Team All-State selections in 2011, 2012 and 2013 … Earned statewide recognition for sportsmanship in 2013 … Led her team to a runner-up finish at the state championship in 2011 … Ranked as high as No. 11 in the Midwest and No. 141 in the nation in 2013 … Also ranked in the top 40 in the country for doubles … Won the 2013 Chicago District Tennis Association Female Junior Player of the Year Award … Has placed fourth in doubles twice at Level 1 (Winter Nationals and Clay Court Nationals) events … Three-time National Open doubles champion.

Notes: Volunteers as one of the directors of the Carol Gollob Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, a charity foundation that raises money for breast cancer research through an annual tennis clinic attended by 150 people with 50 tennis professionals … Her mother, Lisa Gollob Finke ’87, and uncle, David Gollob ’90, both played tennis for Yale and captained their respective squads in their senior years … Lisa and Carol comprise the first ever mother-daughter pair to play tennis for Yale … Her father, Thomas Finke, played golf for Claremont McKenna College and captained the team during his senior year.

Why Yale? “During my visit to Yale as a senior, the team was incredibly welcoming and it was clear they had a remarkable enthusiasm for the school. The opportunity to be on a team with such extraordinary women, as well as Yale’s balance of athletics, academics and social life are why I chose Yale. The students, professors and alumni I have met had a variety of interests, but they all shared a common passion for Yale. Each meeting has enhanced my belief that the Yale community will inspire, challenge and be a home for me the rest of my life.”