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April 26, 2009

2008-09 Season - Richardson wins ninth straight to finish season

GRINNELL, Iowa – Junior Jenna Richardson (Melrose Park Walther Lutheran HS, Bellwood, Ill.) finished her season on a positive note with her ninth straight singles victory, but that was the lone win for the Augustana women’s tennis team in an 8-1 loss to Grinnell on Sunday, April 26 in Grinnell, Iowa. The Vikings finish the season with an overall record of 14-13.

Richardson (pictured above) defeated Toby Cain at number one singles (6-2, 6-2) to put Augustana on the board. It was Richardson’s 16th victory of the season and 54th of her career. She only needs four more singles wins to break into the top 10 list for most singles victories in a career. Junior Tricia Crawford (Decorah HS, Decorah, Iowa) also put together a strong showing, battling back after losing the first set to force a third set super tie-breaker. Crawford won the second set, but fell (6-2, 4-6, (10-8)) to Jill Akiyama at number two singles.

Freshman Brittany Reece (Naperville Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) and sophomore Justine Stukas (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) had the closest doubles match, falling (8-4) to Akiyama and Kelsey Picken at number three doubles.

04/26/09 – Grinnell 8, Augustana 1

POS

RESULT

Singles

1.

Jenna Richardson (AUGIE) def. Toby Cain (GC) 6-2, 6-2

2.

Jill Akiyama (GC) def. Tricia Crawford (AUGIE) 6-2, 4-6, (10-8)

3.

Katie Colver (GC) def. Emily Doemland (AUGIE) 6-3, 6-1

4.

Maya Lipert (GC) def. Tricia Sapio (AUGIE) 6-3, 6-0

5.

Tatyana Sukharnikova (GC) def. Brittany Reece (AUGIE) 6-2, 6-2

6.

Liza Spears (GC) def. Sheri Hendricks (AUGIE) 6-1, 6-4

Doubles

1.

Toby Cain/Tatyana Sukharnikova (GC) def. Jenna Richardson/Tricia Crawford (AUGIE) 8-0

2.

Katie Colver/Maya Lipert (GC) def. Emily Doemland/Tricia Sapio (AUGIE) 8-2

3.

Jill Akiyama/Kelsey Picken (GC) def. Brittany Reece/Justine Stukas (AUGIE) 8-4