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September 26, 2011

2011-12 Season - Women's tennis drops matches to Wheaton and North Central

Brittany Reece hits a backhand winner.

It was tough sledding on the road for the Augustana women’s tennis team over the weekend of September 23-24. The Vikings lost a pair of College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin matches to Wheaton (9-0 on Friday) and North Central (6-3 on Saturday).

The weekend opened with a 9-0 loss at Wheaton on Friday evening, September 23 in Wheaton.

The Vikings fought admirably in doubles but lost at all three spots. The second doubles team of Krista Panko (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.)  and Brittany Reece (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) played a great match with high pressure returns and good first serves to go back and forth with Wheaton. Panko and Reece jumped out to a 5-2 lead before falling behind 5-6. However, the Vikings rebounded and took a 7-6 lead. Again Wheaton came back taking an 8-7 lead but Panko and Reece broke serve again to tie it at 8-8 and send the match to a decisive tie-breaker. In the tie-breaker the Vikings battled to a tie at 3-3 in the before Wheaton pulled off 4 straight points to take the breaker and the match.

In singles Kim Sawyer (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) put her 9-0 singles record on the line as she battled in a tight first set that went to a tiebreaker. Sawyer worked her way, with high consistency, to a 6-3 tie break lead before Elizabeth Worsowicz from Wheaton took five straight points to take the tiebreaker and eventually the match.

Wheaton continued to roll in singles as they won at every spot dropping the Vikings to 5-5 on the season.

The Vikings continued their Chicago road trip with a match at North Central on Saturday morning. The Vikings lost in a close 6-3 affair.

Augustana cruised at second doubles as Panko and Reece continued their impressive play and used punishing groundstroke’s to earn an 8-3 win. First and third doubles could not follow suit as they were defeated.

The Vikings battled in singles with Kim Sawyer leading the way and fighting back from a set down to earn a 3-6, 6-4, 10-3 victory. Sixth singles player Mariah Bardo (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) played well also as she earned a 6-1, 6-3 victory with high consistency and smart tactical tennis.

The loss dropped the Vikings to 5-6 on the season with two dual matches remaining in the fall season.

Augustana is next in action on Tuesday, September 27 with a match against cross town rival St. Ambrose at the Carver Courts.