Marilyn Baker '95
Marilyn Baker was the first truly great women’s tennis player
at Washington and Lee.
Baker earned four letters with the tennis team, serving as team captain during her senior season.
She garnered All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honors all four seasons and was named the ODAC Player of the Year each of her final three seasons, the only woman to win the award three times.
A four-year qualifier for the NCAA Division III singles championship and two-time qualifier for the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship, Baker became W&L’s first women’s tennis All-American when she garnered recognition in singles as a sophomore. She also earned All-America honors in singles as a junior and senior and was an honoree in doubles as a senior when she teamed with Natalia Garcia ’97 to win the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship en route to being named the ITA Division III National Player of the Year.
As a junior in 1994, Baker received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award and as a senior in 1995, she received the Pres Brown Award as W&L’s Senior Female Athlete of the Year.
Baker entered the hall of fame ranked third all-time at W&L in career singles victories (100-16) and tied for eighth in career doubles wins (83-18).