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March 31, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Panko named CCIW "Player of the Week"

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Freshman Krista Panko (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin “Player of the Week” for women’s tennis, it was announced today.

Panko is 8-1 so far this spring, including a perfect 7-0 mark on the team’s spring trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  She is 5-0 at number five singles and 3-1 at number two doubles.  Panko has singles wins over Caroline Hunter of Roanoke (6-3, 6-2), Morgan Brady of Lebanon Valley (6-3, 6-1), Steph Nelson of York (6-1, 4-0 – injury, retire), Sarah Zarzeczny of St. John Fisher (6-1, 6-0), and Emily Anderson of St. Ambrose (6-0, 6-1). 

She has combined with junior Tricia Sapio (Barrington HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.) for victories against Kelsey White and Kristin Nagy of Roanoke (8-5), Lauren Fulmer and Tam Lobb of Lebanon Valley (8-6), and Sam Brenner and Megan McCullin of York (8-0).  The lone loss for the duo this spring was an (8-5) decision to Rachel Sarafin and Jenelle Bayer of St. Ambrose.

Panko is tied with senior Tricia Crawford (Decorah HS, Decorah, Iowa) for the team lead with 15 singles wins on the season.  She sports an overall mark of 15-8 and a 14-4 dual meet record.  Panko is 1-0 at number four, 6-0 at number five, 7-4 at number six, and 1-4 in tournament play.  She also placed fourth in the number six singles flight at the CCIW championships last fall. 

The freshman has an overall record of 10-11 in doubles with an 8-8 mark at number two doubles in dual meets.  She is 7-8 with Sapio, 2-3 with senior Emily Doemland (Downers Grove South HS, Westmont, Ill.), and 1-0 with junior Sheri Hendricks (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Warrenville, Ill.).  Panko and Sapio finished third in the number two doubles flight at the CCIW championships last fall.

She is the daughter of Michael and Kathryn Panko of Geneva, Illinois.

2009-10 CCIW “Players of the Week”

Krista Panko – Augustana (03/31/10)
Abby Conover – North Central (03/31/10)
Cory Schillerstrom – North Central (10/06/09)
Sara Federschmidt – Wheaton (09/29/09)
Virginia Dallman – Elmhurst (09/21/09)
Elizabeth Worsowicz – Wheaton (09/15/09)
Gina Klein – Carthage (09/08/09)