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June 20, 2013

2012-13 WOMEN'S TENNIS SPRING REVIEW

Head coach Jon Miedema congratulates the senior doubles team of Krista Panko (left) and Meghan Wethington (right) after a victory in the 2012-13 season. Augustana finished the year 16-9 overall and placed second in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

Vikings second at CCIW Championship; Kim Sawyer and Krista Panko claim individual titles; Sawyer named conference Player of the Year; Panko wins CCIW Championship MVP; Sawyer set career wins record

Behind junior Kim Sawyer (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) and senior Krista Panko (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.), coach Jon Miedema's women's tennis team had a banner season, which included a second-place finish at the CCIW Championship in the fall. The Vikings were also second at the league's NCAA qualifier in the spring. Sawyer and Panko each claimed conference singles titles and won CCIW Player of the Year and CCIW Championship MVP honors, respectively.  

The Vikings finished the season with a 16-9 record in dual meets, including 5-1 against CCIW competition. Augustana won 41 of 54 individual matches in league dual meet play. The team's second-place finish at the CCIW Championship matched that of the 2010-11 squad as the best since the 1997-98 team claimed Augustana's last conference title. Wheaton won its eighth consecutive CCIW team title with 75 points to the Vikings' 49. The Thunder also defeated the Vikings to win conference's NCAA qualifying tournament this spring.  

A 7-2 loss at Grinnell and a seventh-place finish at the UW-Whitewater Warhawk Invitational opened the season, but the Vikings got on track with a 9-0 whitewash of Loras. A 7-2 win over North Central opened CCIW play and was followed by back-to-back 9-0 wins over Millikin and Illinois Wesleyan. Panko's three-set win at number three singles clinched a 5-4 win over Carthage on September 12. Augustana defeated Elmhurst 9-0 on September 15, but fell 9-0 to Division II Upper Iowa later in the day. After a 7-2 win at Cornell, the Vikings wrapped up fall dual meet play on September 23. They lost 7-2 to Wheaton, but rebounded with a 9-0 win over St. Ambrose. Competition at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region meet in St. Louis, Missouri preceded the CCIW Championship tournament.  

Sawyer's CCIW title at number one singles was Augustana's first since Sarah Ainsworth's 1997. Sawyer also became the first Viking to earn the league's Player of the Year award since its inception in 2003. She finished the season with a 26-4 singles record and now sports a career record of 82-12 in singles play. Her career win total is a school record and her career singles winning percentage of .820 is currently best in school history. 

She teamed with freshman Aileen MacDonald (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) for a third-place CCIW finish at number one doubles. The pair went 19-10 this year. With a career doubles record of 56-36, Sawyer now ranks in a tie for third on Augustana's all-time total wins list with 138.  

Panko became the first Viking ever named CCIW Championship MVP, winning the singles title at number three and teaming with senior Meghan Wethington (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) for a second-place finish at number three doubles. Panko was a second team All-CCIW selection and was also named the conference's Player of the Week on September 19. She finished her career with a 62-53 singles record, the ninth-most wins in school history. Her 68 career doubles wins rank fourth all-time at Augustana.  

Junior Emily Kaczmarek (Glenbard South HS, Lombard, Ill.) joined Panko on the All-CCIW second team. She was third in the CCIW at number two singles and finished the season with a 12-18 record.  

MacDonald finished second in the CCIW at number four singles and posted a 19-10 singles record. She and Sawyer also went 19-10 in doubles play with a third-place CCIW finish at first doubles. MacDonald won CCIW Player of the Week honors on April 24.   Juniors Mariah Bardo (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) and Katie Scharnagle (St. Francis Prep, Lisle, Ill.) were Miedema's number five and six singles players, respectively, for most of the fall.  Bardo went 9-7, while Scharnagle posted a 9-6 record and finished third in the CCIW at number six singles.  

Sophomores Chelsea Lavin (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) and Miranda Pence (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.) focused almost exclusively on doubles competition. The duo combined to go 11-8, including 7-4 in dual meet play in the number two slot.           

2012-13 CCIW Women's Tennis Championship
Oct. 5-6, 2012 at Oak Brook Park District (Oak Brook Tennis Center)  

TEAM SCORES: 1. Wheaton  75; 2. AUGUSTANA 49; 3. Carthage 37; 4. Illinois Wesleyan 29; 5. North Central 21; 6. Elmhurst 14; 7. Millikin 0   

Singles

1.    Sawyer, Kim (AUGUSTANA) def. Ray, Sarah (Wheaton) 7-5, 6-4

2.    Boyer, Kirsten (Wheaton) def. McPeek, Haleigh (Carthage) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2        Kaczmarek, Emily (AUGUSTANA) def. Alex, Helen (Illinois Wesleyan) 8-3 for 3rd place

3.    Panko, Krista (AUGUSTANA) def. Schlabach, Lauren (Wheaton) 6-4, 6-4

4.    Shults, Marissa (Wheaton) def. MacDonald, Aileen (AUGUSTANA) 6-2, 6-4

5.    Carey, Julia (Wheaton) def. Ross, Rebecca (North Central) 6-2, 6-1

6.    Buursma, Julie (Wheaton) def. Weber, Holly (Carthage) 6-1, 6-1        Scharnagle, Katie (AUGUSTANA) def. Nelson, Nicole (Illinois Wesleyan) 8-5 for 3rd place

Doubles

1.    Ray, Sarah/Buursma, Julie (Wheaton) def. Reynolds, Bari/McPeek, Haleigh (Carthage) 8-4        Sawyer, Kim/MacDonald, Aileen (AUGUSTANA) def. Alex, Helen/Kerwin, Andrea (Illinois Wesleyan) 8-5 for 3rd place

2.    Boyer, Kirsten/Shults, Marissa (Wheaton) def. Hendrickson, Erin/Howell, Abbi (Carthage) 8-2

3.    Schlabach, Lauren/Nelson, Erika (Wheaton) def. Wethington, Meghan/Panko, Krista (AUGUSTANA) 8-0  

2012-13 CCIW REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS

SCHOOL CCIW OVERALL
Wheaton 6-0 7-1
AUGUSTANA 5-1 8-3
Carthage 4-2 4-4
Illinois Wesleyan 3-3 3-4
North Central 2-4 8-5
Elmhurst 1-5 3-8
Millikin 0-6 0-10

 2012-13 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

CCIW TEAM FINISH: 2nd

NCAA CENTRAL REGION TEAM RANK: 20th

NCAA CENTRAL REGION INDIVIDUAL RANK: Kim Sawyer, 10th

CCIW CHAMPIONS: Kim Sawyer - No. 1 singles; Krista Panko - No. 3 singles

CCIW PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kim Sawyer

CCIW CHAMPIONSHIP MVP: Krista Panko

ALL-CCIW: Kim Sawyer (1st team); Krista Panko, Emily Kaczmarek (2nd team)

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Chelsea Lavin, Kim Sawyer, Katie Scharnagle, Meghan Wethington

CCIW PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kim Sawyer (9/12/12, 10/3/12 & 3/20/13); Krista Panko (9/19/12); Aileen MacDonald (4/24/13)

MOST SINGLES WINS: 26 - Kim Sawyer (26-4)

MOST DOUBLES WINS: 20 - Kim Sawyer (20-11)  

TOP TEN ADDITIONS

CAREER SINGLES WINS: 82 - Kim Sawyer (1st); 62 - Krista Panko (9th)

CAREER SINGLES WINNING PERCENTAGE: .820 (82-18) - Kim Sawyer (1st)

SINGLE-SEASON WINS: 26 - Kim Sawyer (T-4th)

SINGLE-SEASON WINNING PERCENTAGE: .867 (26-4) - Kim Sawyer (7th)

SINGLE-SEASON DOUBLES WINS (Team): 19 - Kim Sawyer/Aileen MacDonald (T-7th)

CAREER DOUBLES WINS: 68 - Krista Panko (4th) 100-WIN CLUB: 138 - Kim Sawyer (T- 3rd); 130 - Krista Panko (8th)  

2012-13 AWARD WINNERS

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Kim Sawyer

HARDEST WORKER: Meghan Wethington