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September 12, 2012

Sawyer earns CCIW "Player of the Week"

Junior Kim Sawyer was named the "Player of the Week" in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin after going 8-0 last week and notching her 100th career victory.

Augustana junior Kim Sawyer (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) has been selected as the "Player of the Week" in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in women's tennis, it was announced today. Sawyer, who became the most recent Viking to enter the 100-victory club, had a tremendous week, winning all eight of her matches as she propelled Augustana to four victories.

Operating at the number one spot in both singles and doubles, Sawyer did not lose a match last week. She beat Loras' Elizabeth Dickhut (6-0; 7-6) and North Central's Jenny Velasquez (6-2; 6-0) on Monday, September 3. She followed that with a 6-0; 6-0 win over Cydney Boyd of Millikin on Friday, September 7 and then beat Andrea Kerwin of Illinois Wesleyan 6-1; 6-2 on Saturday, September 8.

She also teamed with freshman Aileen MacDonald (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) in doubles wins over Loras (8-2), North Central (8-3), Millikin (8-0) and Illinois Wesleyan (8-4).

Sawyer is currently 5-0 in singles and 4-1 in doubles while playing with MacDonald at number one. Sawyer hit the 100 mark and she still has nearly two full seasons to add to her total. She is currently 101-40 and picked up her 100th win with a doubles victory along with MacDonald over the Illinois Wesleyan team of Andrea Kerwin and Helen Alex by a score of 8-4. Later in the match she beat Kerwin at number one singles to pick up her 101st win.

Sawyer has an impressive 61-14 record at singles where she has played mostly at number one and is 40-26 in doubles. This is the fourth time in her career that she has been selected as the "Player of the Week" in the CCIW. She won the award once as a freshman in 2010-11 and twice last year as a sophomore in 2011-12.