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September 29, 2010

2010-11 Season - Kim Sawyer named CCIW "Player of the Week"

Kim Sawyer was named CCIW "Player of the Week" in women's tennis after going 4-0 this past weekend against Central and North Central. She is 10-2 in singles and 8-3 in doubles for an overall mark of 18-5 this season.

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

Sawyer was 4-0 this past weekend, winning in both singles and doubles against Central and North Central.  Against the Dutch, she teamed with sophomore Krista Panko (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) for a (9-7) victory over Emily Swartz and Kayla Donner at No. 2 doubles.  She also defeated Sara Dale (6-4, 6-1) at No. 1 singles.  Sawyer later paired with freshman Shannen McNamara (Battle Mountain HS, Avon, Colo.) for an (8-6) victory against Cory Schillerstrom and Abby Conover of North Central at No. 1 doubles.  She completed the day with a hard fought (6-2, 7-6 (7)) decision over Alicia DeGrado at No. 2 singles.

She leads the team with a 10-2 singles mark, racking up her sixth straight singles victory with a (6-4, 7-5) decision over Amanda Gomez of St. Ambrose in a dual match for the Vikings on Tuesday.  Sawyer is 3-1 at No. 1 and 5-1 at No. 2 in dual matches while also holding a 2-0 mark in the No. 1 singles flight at the Dorothy McClure Invitational from the beginning of the season.

The freshman is also performing well in doubles, where she sports an 8-3 mark.  Sawyer combined with McNamara for a (9-7) win against Gomez and Adrianne Foley of St. Ambrose on Tuesday, raising the duo’s mark to 6-3 overall.  They are 5-3 at No. 1 doubles in dual matches and were also 1-0 at No. 1 doubles in the Dorothy McClure Invitational.  Sawyer is also 1-0 at No. 1 doubles with sophomore Meghan Wethington (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) and 1-0 at No. 2 doubles with Panko.

With an overall mark of 18-5, she leads the Vikings in total victories so far this season heading into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Tournament in St. Louis this weekend and the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Tournament in Moline, Illinois on October 8-9.

She is the daughter of Chuck & Debbie Sawyer of Batavia, Illinois.

2010-11 CCIW “Players of the Week”

Kim Sawyer – Augustana (09/29/10)
Abby Conover – North Central (09/22/10)
Sara Federschmidt – Wheaton (09/15/10)
Elizabeth Worsowicz – Wheaton (09/08/10)