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September 10, 2011

2011-12 Season - Late wins against St. Norbert key weekend

Katie Scharnagle's victory late in the match against St. Norbert helped the Vikings clinch a 5-4 victory.

09/10/11 - AUGUSTANA 5 ST. NORBERT 4

Late singles wins lift Vikings over St. Norbert

Following a crucial 7-2 win over Elmhurst in College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin action, Augustana made it a doubly successful day on Saturday, September 10 with a 5-4 non-conference victory over St. Norbert. The match was played in Elmhurst and it came immediately after the Vikings defeated the Bluejays in a league match.

Augustana pulled off a fantastic 5-4 victory with two clutch victories by sophomore Katie Scharnagle (St. Francis College Prep HS, Lisle, Ill.)  and junior Krista Panko (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) to earn the thrilling win.

The Vikings trailed 4-3 with only Panko at number three and Scharnagle at number five left on the court. Both players need to win and, although it wasn’t easy, they got the job done in almost identical fashion.

Scharnagle started it off. Following a split of sets Scharnagle got down early in the tie break by a score of 3-6 but showed she would not quit. With high efficiency and smart play she won the next three points to pull even at six. After the players traded a few points Scharnagle found herself down match point at 8-9. She brushed it off and hit a great to return to pull off the point and draw even at nine. Then she took control, winning the last two points to win the match 7-5, 3-6, (11-9).

Panko’s score was nearly the same as she won 7-6; 3-6; 10-7. With the team score tied at four, Panko entered a third set 10 point tiebreaker to decide the match. She stayed steady and jumped out to an early 6-3 lead with high percentage, high reward play. The players traded the next six points and Panko found herself with a 9-6 lead. Following a strong serve she closed into the net and sealed the win with a crushing overhead.

Doubles proved to be vital as Augustana jumped out to a 2-1 lead with wins by first doubles team of sophomore Kim Sawyer (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) and junior Meghan Wethington (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) and the second doubles team of Brittany Reece (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) and Panko.  Second doubles rolled easily with an 8-4 win while Sawyer and Wethington had an epic match.  They used crushing passing shots and a high first serve percentage to stay close but found themselves down 7-8. With the Vikings on serve Wethington came up huge with several first serves as she and Sawyer came back to tie the score at eight. That brought on a decisive tie-breaker. After several back and forth points the tie-breaker was tied at five when Wethington dropped a perfect volley to pull ahead 6-5. Sawyer followed with a big first serve and sealed the victory.

Doubles started the excitement and the intensity grew as the singles matches progressed. Sawyer moved her individual singles record to 7-0 as she easily won 6-1, 6-0. However, losses at two, four and six singles left it up to the heroics of Panko and Scharnagle.

The win capped a perfect 2-0 Saturday and 4-1 week by the Vikings. The Vikings are back in action next week Saturday, September 17 when they host a double header with Cornell and Lake Forest at the Carver Courts.

09/10/11 – AUGUSTANA 7, ELMHURST 2

Vikings even CCIW record at 2-2 with win over Bluejays

ELMHURST, Illinois - Augustana picked up a critical College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin women’s tennis victory on Saturday, September 10 by a score of 7-2 over Elmhurst. After dropping a 7-2 decision to Carthage the night before in Kenosha, Wisconsin, first year head coach Jon Miedema’s team couldn’t afford another loss in league play. Thanks to a sweep in doubles play, the Vikings nailed the Bluejays by a score of 7-2.

Augustana jumped out early with a 3-0 sweep in doubles. The first doubles partnership of sophomore Kim Sawyer (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) and junior Meghan Wethington (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.)  used aggressive net play and striking returns to earn an 8-4 victory. The second doubles team of senior Brittany Reece (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.)  and junior Krista Panko (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.)  followed suit, jumping in front early and never letting up in an 8-1 romp. The third doubles team of freshman Chelsea Lavin (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.)  and sophomore Emily Kaczmarek (Glenbard South HS, Lombard, Ill.)  completed the sweep as they covered the net well and used great lobs to win 8-6.

In singles, Sawyer led the way as she cruised to a 6-1, 4-1 lead at number one before Virginia Dallman from Elmhurst withdrew with a shoulder injury. Sophomore  Mariah Bardo (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) at number six fell behind 2-3 before finding her groove and using impressive consistency to earn a 6-3, 6-0 win. Reece sealed the win with some groundstroke consistency of her own pulling off a steady 6-3, 6-3 victory at number two . Cruising to a straight set victory as well Panko at number three with an impressive 6-2, 6-1 win. With the match decided and Augustana leading 7-0 fourth singles player Wethington went to a 10 point tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets, only to fall 6-7; 6-4; 7-10. Also falling in a 10 point third set tie-breaker was Kaczmarek at number five. After dropping the first set 4-6, she won the second 6-2 only to fall in the tie-breaker 2-10.


09/09/11 – CARTHAGE 7, AUGUSTANA 2

Vikings drop 7-2 decision at Carthage

KENOSHA, Wisconsin - Augustana opened a busy weekend with a 7-2 loss to Carthage on Friday, September 9 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The Vikings battled in doubles but were swept in all three spots to fall into a 0-3 hole. The second doubles team of senior Brittany Reece (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) and junior Krista Panko (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) led early, getting up 4-1 before Carthage battled back to 4-5. Both teams held serve the next three games with Panko/Reece getting up 7-6 before eventually falling 7-9. Augustana’s third doubles team of freshman Chelsea Lavin (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) and sophomore Emily Kaczmarek (Glenbard South HS, Lombard, Ill.) fought admirably but were defeated by a score of 6-8.

In singles Augustana picked up wins at first and fourth singles. First singles player, sophomore Kim Sawyer (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) continued her fantastic play with a 6-0, 5-7, (10-6) win over Hollis McPeek to move her season mark to 5-0. Fourth singles player, junior Meghan Wethington (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) didn’t show any quit as she fought from a set down to claim a 3-6, 6-3, (10-6) victory over Erin Henrickson.