Audra Anderson
    Audra  Anderson

    Clarinda, Iowa

    Last College:
    Concordia University (2001)

    Head Coach


    Saluki Women's Tennis: 2015 Season in Review

    The SIU women's tennis team finished the season in fourth place in the Missouri Valley Conference.


    SIU falls to Wichita State, 4-0, in the MVC semifinals

    The Salukis finished the season with a 16-10 record overall and 5-4 in the MVC.


    SIU tops Evansville, 4-2, to advance to semifinals at the MVC Championships

    The Salukis' three seniors clinched three of SIU's four wins at the No. 1, 5 and 6 singles spots.


    Salukis enter MVC Championships ranked fourth in the conference

    SIU will take on No. 5 Evansville on their home courts to open tournament play on Friday at 10 a.m.


    Salukis top Illinois State, 5-2, to finish fourth in MVC for regular season

    Four of SIU's five wins against the Redbirds came from the Salukis' seniors on Senior Day.

    Audra Anderson enters her ninth season at Southern Illinois University with an overall record of 124-71 and 40-24 in Missouri Valley Conference.

    In her eighth season as head coach for the Salukis, Audra Anderson led SIU to a record-breaking 12-match win streak, ultimately finishing the season with a 16-10 record, 5-4 in the MVC after the 2014-15 season. SIU started the season with a tough 1-7 record on the road, but rallied back at home to earn 12 consecutive wins - the longest win streak in SIU women's tennis history. Three of the 12 were 7-0 sweeps, while four were close 4-3 victories, including a 4-3 win over No. 74 ranked Northern Illinois. SIU finished the season with a 5-4 conference record and entered the MVC tournament ranked fourth. After a 4-2 win over host school Evansville in the first round of play, SIU fell, 4-0, to top-ranked Wichita State who went on to take the MVC title. At the conclusion of the season, SIU's No. 3 doubles team, Yana Golovkina and Ariadna Cairo Baza earned All-Conference recognition after going 6-2 in conference play. Sophomore Polina Dozortseva and seniors Gisela Cairo Baza and Natasha Tomishima each earned MVC Scholar-Athlete honors, while Ariadna Cairo Baza and Meagan Monaghan earned MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention.

    The Salukis had another successful season under Anderson in 2014, finishing with a 17-8 record, 5-1 in the MVC. SIU started the spring season in a 1-3 rut, but came back to win 10 straight matches, advancing Anderson to over 100 wins at SIU. The Salukis - led by seniors Anita Lee and Korey Love - went 5-1 in conference play, with their only loss against Wichita State. Lee and Love garnered All-Conference honors at No. 2 doubles, and Lee and Natasha Tomishima were named to the All-Select Team. SIU topped Bradley to advance to the Missouri Valley Conference Team Championship semifinals, where they fell to Drake, 4-1.

    In 2013 Southern came out on fire, winning 9-of-10 matches to start the season and finishing with a school record 19 wins. Anderson was named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year for the first time in her career. The Salukis concluded their season at the MVC Championships where they fell to Wichita State to end the season. SIU was led by senior Melanie Delsart who finished 22-11 in singles play and Natasha Tomishima who finished with a team-high 25 wins. Delsart and partner Anastacia Simons finished their season with a 29-6 doubles record while going 5-2 in the MVC.

    The Salukis finished with a 17-6 record and a 5-2 MVC record in the 2012 season. SIU was led by Delsart who finished the year with a 17-5 record, which all were at the No. 1 singles position.

    SIU concluded the 2011 season after compiling a 12-13 overall record and a 4-5 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. Southern was led by sophomore Melanie Delsart with a 12-10 No. 1 singles record while Korey Love finished with an 11-10 record.

    The 2010 Salukis began right where they left off in the previous season. After an arduous non-conference schedule that saw them face Marshall, Louisville and Tulane early in the year, the team posted a 15-9 overall record (5-2 MVC). In addition, Melanie Delsart earned MVC Freshman of the Year honors, becoming the first Saluki tennis player to earn the award. Martina Vianna Ce earned her third MVC Scholar-Athlete team nod, while Emily Whitney was honorable mention.

    The 2009 season was a year of great progress for the Saluki women's tennis program, as seniors Fadzai Mawisire and Ame Blacketer headlined Southern's best finish in 18 years with a 17-8 overall record. Both players were named MVC all-conference, while Mawisire was named the Valley's Player of the Year. The Salukis would advance all the way to the MVC semifinals before bowing out.

    In the 2008 season, Anderson led the Salukis to a 11-12 record (4-4 MVC). Southern was led by senior Sabine Tsala Mvilong's 15-8 record in top singles and Jessica Flannery's 13-9 mark in singles.

    Prior to joining the Salukis, Anderson spent four seasons as head coach of men's and women's tennis at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. During the 2007 season, she was a finalist for NAIA National Women's Coach of the Year. In addition, Anderson was named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

    In three years at LWC, she took the women's team from last in their conference to a semi-finalist finish in the NAIA National Tournament. Anderson also improved the men's team from 16th in the nation to a quarterfinalist finish at the NAIA National Tournament. In four years of coaching men's and women's tennis in the NAIA, Anderson posted a career record of 141-38.

    A native of Clarinda, Iowa, Anderson did her undergraduate studies at Concordia University in Seward, Neb., where she obtained a bachelor's degree in sport management. She played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for four years at Concordia, in addition to playing varsity volleyball for the Bulldogs. Anderson was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tennis Player of the Year in 2000. She was All-Conference for four years in tennis as well an Academic All American in 2000 and 2001 in both volleyball and tennis.

    Anderson became a Graduate Assistant Coach at Concordia University while getting her Masters Degree in Education Administration with a specialization in Post-Secondary Athletics. At the same time, she fulfilled her graduate internship working for the volleyball office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.