BRATTLEBORO >> Elkanah Linder, of Townshend, went 3-8 during her freshman season with the University of Sciences in Philadelphia women's tennis team.
"Pretty good considering that she played with her non-dominant hand," said Elkanah's father.
Linder went 27-5 in her first three seasons at Vermont Academy, including one Lakes Region singles championship. She was also named her team's MVP and selected as a Lakes Region All Star each year.
But in the fall of 2014, a right wrist injury forced Linder to play the game left-handed. VA's senior captain would then start practicing three hours per day and eventually went a perfect 8-0 in Lakes Region play in the No. 1 singles spot.
Linder has continued playing left-handed at the college level, where she went 2-7 at singles and 1-1 at doubles for the Devils.
Tennis is certainly in her blood — Elkanah's father, Moss played the sport at Wesleyan and her mother, Elizabeth played at Pomona.
While at VA, Linder was a member of the National Honor Society and earned high honors every marking period. Along with tennis, she also played soccer, basketball and ran cross country while attending the prep school in Saxtons River.
Linder and the Devils went 4-8 overall on the courts this fall. Their victories came against Cabrini, Millersville, East Stroudsburg, and Holy Family.