Mara Frieden, Alli Groux and Josie Kleckner, senior members of the Decorah High School girls’ tennis team, have earned the Academic All-State Award from the Iowa Tennis Coaches Association following their senior year of tennis competition. 

To be considered for this award, players must be nominated by their coach and meet the following criteria: must be an Iowa high school senior, must have competed in at least 50 percent of their team’s varsity tennis matches (during the year as well as competed in district/sectional competition, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale; or a minimum GPA of 3.6 and have competed in state tennis competition. Additionally, the player’s coach must be a member of the Iowa Tennis Coaches Association.

Mara Frieden stepped in as the Vikings’ No. 1 singles player and as a member of the number one doubles team during her senior year. Frieden improved as the as the season progressed to a point where she qualified for this year’s state single’s tournament. She was the conference singles champion as a senior and was a two-time academic all-conference winner. Her career singles record stands at 42-19, while her double’s record is 29-23-2.

Alli Groux was another important contributor to the Vikings’ success during the 2019 campaign as she held down the No. 2 singles position in the Viking’ line-up and teamed with Frieden in the No. 1 doubles position. Groux was twice an academic all-conference recipient for the Vikes. She finishes high school singles with a 36-17-2 record and doubles at 37-20-2.

Josie Kleckner becomes the third team member to be awarded the Academic All-State Award for her efforts on the tennis court as well as the in the classroom. Kleckner was a key member of the Decorah line-up during the year playing both singles and doubles. She has been awarded academic all-conference twice for the Vikes. Josie finishes her Viking career with an 18-18-2 singles record along with a 29-16-2 doubles record.