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Carol Finke, a Northwestern University tennis player and New Trier graduate, prepares to hit the ball during the 2018-19 season. Neel Madhavan/Northwestern University
Neel Madhavan, Freelance Reporter
5:00 am CDT April 17, 2019

When she was 8-years old, Carol Finke played her first tennis tournament in an event hosted by Northwestern University. Since then, she said it had always been her dream to play for the Wildcats.

The Glencoe native caught the eye of Northwestern women’s tennis head coach Claire Pollard at a young age.

“She’s a local girl, someone who I’ve known for a long time and watched grow up,” Pollard said.