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March 28, 2009

2008-09 Season - Richardson records two wins, but Vikings fall to Central

MOLINE, Ill. – Junior Jenna Richardson (Melrose Park Walther Lutheran HS, Bellwood, Ill.) recorded a pair of wins for the Augustana women’s tennis team on Saturday, March 28 at the Quad City Tennis Club in Moline, Illinois, but the Vikings dropped a 5-4 decision to Central. The Blue & Gold are now 11-12 with four matches left to play on the spring schedule.

Richardson and junior Tricia Crawford (Decorah HS, Decorah, Iowa) tallied the lone point for Augustana in doubles, defeating Faith Bliss and Kayla Donner (8-4) at number one doubles. Junior Emily Doemland (Downers Grove South HS, Westmont, Ill.) and sophomore Tricia Sapio (Barrington HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.) lost (8-4) to Hilary Baehr and Sara Dale at second doubles. Sophomores Sheri Hendricks (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Warrenville, Ill.) and Justine Stukas (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) dropped an (8-3) decision at number three doubles against Emily Swartz and Trinh Le as Central grabbed a 2-1 edge heading into the singles matches.

The Dutch lead grew to 3-1 when Swartz defeated Augustana’s junior Rose Szczurek (Lemont HS, Lemont, Ill.) by a (6-0, 6-1) margin at number five singles. Central came closer to victory as Bliss knocked off Crawford (6-4, 6-1) at second singles. Trailing 4-1, Richardson (pictured above) battled to a third set super tie-breaker at number one singles against Baehr and faced a match point against her that would have given Central the team win. Serving at 8-9 in the third set super tie-breaker, Richardson rallied to win the final three points to earn a (6-4, 1-6, (11-9)) victory. It is the 48th singles win of her career, putting her only 10 singles victories away from cracking the all-time top 10 list. The Vikings closed the gap to 4-3 when freshman Brittany Reece (Naperville Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) raced past Carissa Bane (6-0, 6-3) at sixth singles. Doemland tied the match at 4-4 when she beat Donner (6-3, 6-3) at number three singles, picking up her 14th singles win of the season. Central’s Dale defeated Sapio (6-4, 6-0) to clinch the victory for the Dutch.

03/28/08 – Central 5, Augustana 4

POS

RESULT

Singles

1.

Jenna Richardson (AUGIE) def. Hilary Baehr (CENTRAL) 6-4, 1-6, (11-9)

2.

Faith Bliss (CENTRAL) def. Tricia Crawford (AUGIE) 6-4, 6-1

3.

Emily Doemland (AUGIE) def. Kayla Donner (CENTRAL) 6-3, 6-3

4.

Sara Dale (CENTRAL) def. Tricia Sapio (AUGIE) 6-4, 6-0

5.

Emily Swartz (CENTRAL) def. Rose Szczurek (AUGIE) 6-0, 6-1

6.

Brittany Reece (AUGIE) def. Carissa Bane (CENTRAL) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles

1.

Jenna Richardson/Tricia Crawford (AUGIE) def. Faith Bliss/Kayla Donner (CENTRAL) 8-4

2.

Hilary Baehr/Sara Dale (CENTRAL) def. Emily Doemland/Tricia Sapio (AUGIE) 8-4

3.

Emily Swartz/Trinh Le (CENTRAL) def. Sheri Hendricks/Justine Stukas (AUGIE) 8-3