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May 18, 2009

2008-09 Season - Richardson named MVP for women's tennis

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Junior Jenna Richardson (Melrose Park Walther Lutheran HS, Bellwood, Ill.) was honored as the “Most Valuable Player” for the women’s tennis team for the third straight season, it was announced at the team’s post season banquet. Richardson was also selected as “Most Inspirational” by her teammates. Freshman Brittany Reece (Naperville Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) was named “Newcomer of the Year”, and sophomore Tricia Sapio (Barrington HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.) earned “Most Improved” honors.

The women’s tennis team, under third year head coach Adam Strand, finished the season with a 14-13 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. It is the second straight winning season for the Vikings.

Richardson was 16-14 playing No. 1 for the Vikings. She has 52 career singles wins and is only six victories away from breaking into the all-time top list. The junior won her last nine singles matches of the season and also avenged a pair of losses from the fall season with victories against No. 1 players from St. Ambrose and Grinnell. Richardson was 21-10 in doubles and went 9-3 while playing No. 1 doubles with junior Tricia Crawford (Decorah HS, Decorah, Iowa) during the spring season. The three-time MVP has 43 career doubles wins for a total of 95 victories after three seasons.

Reece was 14-12 in singles in her first year at Augustana. She played primarily in the No. 5 slot where she compiled a 9-10 mark. Reece was also 5-1 at No. 6 singles and 0-1 in the No. 4 slot. The freshman also made her presence felt in the doubles lineup where she finished the season with an 11-11 record. She was 8-9 with sophomore Justine Stukas (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) at No. 3 doubles.

Sapio led the team with 17 singles wins in her sophomore season, compiling a 17-14 mark for the Blue & Gold. She was 16-12 at No. 4 singles and 1-2 in limited action at the No. 3 slot. Sapio also placed 3rd in the No. 4 singles flight at the CCIW Tournament in the fall. The sophomore teamed with junior Emily Doemland (Downers Grove South HS, Westmont, Ill.) for a 10-19 mark in doubles. After playing No. 1 doubles in the fall, the duo combined for a 6-5 mark at No. 2 doubles during the spring season.

2008-09 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS VARSITY LETTERWINNERS

PLAYER

YR

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Crawford, Tricia***

Jr

Decorah, Iowa (Decorah)

Doemland, Emily***(C)

Jr

Downers Grove, Ill. (Downers Grove South)

Reece, Brittany*

Fr

Naperville, Ill. (Naperville Neuqua Valley)

Richardson, Jenna***(C)

Jr

Bellwood, Ill. (Melrose Walther Lutheran)

Sapio, Tricia**

So

Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Barrington)

Stukas, Justine*

So

Downers Grove, Ill. (Downers Grove North)

* - Denotes letters won

Head Coach: Adam Strand