In her illustrious tennis career at Northwest, Rosa Tapia earned her way to the top of the MIAA being named the league’s Co-Most Valuable Player in 2004. This Lima, Peru native was one of the best finishers ever for the Bearcats and is still the all-time leader in doubles wins. She also ranks second all-time in singles and doubles wins combined in her spot at the No. 1 position all four years.
Her play on the court helped keep the Bearcat women’s tennis program atop the MIAA and the South Central Region as Northwest claimed back-to-back Regional Championships during her junior and senior campaigns.
After a disappointing team loss to Washburn her senior year, preventing a four-peat at the MIAA Championships, she helped the Bearcats regroup. They stormed through the NCAA Regionals in Maryville and advanced to the national tournament where her No. 1 singles win was the lone victory in a loss to Abilene Christian. Despite the team loss, Head Coach Mark Rosewell still maintains that was one of the most memorable matches he’s witnessed during his career.
Today, Rosa works as a senior programmer at Hurd It Communications in Vienna, Virginia. She is also still active in tennis as her team won the USTA National Championship and she serves as the managing director of the American Tennis Latino Association.