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August 26, 2008

2008-09 Season - Jenna Richardson and Rose Szczurek finish 4-0 to lead Augustana tennis team at Fun Doubles Scrimmage

Waterloo, Iowa – Juniors Jenna Richardson (Melrose Park Walther Lutheran HS, Bellwood, Ill.) and Rose Szczurek (Lemont HS, Lemont, Ill.) led the Augustana women’s tennis team with a 4-0 mark at the Fun Doubles Scrimmage on Saturday, August 23 at Byrnes Park in Waterloo, Iowa.  The Vikings finished with a combined mark of 7-5, including a 6-4 record against opposing schools.

Richardson and Szczurek, playing as Augustana’s number three team, opened the pre-season scrimmage with a (6-4, 7-5) victory against Cornell’s number three team of Amanda Johnson and Annabelle Milliken.  The duo rallied for a (5-7, 6-2, (10-5)) win in its second match, knocking off the number two team from Loras of Breann Billiet and Brenda Beckers.  The Vikings followed with a (6-2, 6-2) win against Central’s number six team of Carissa Bane and Trinh Le to advance to the finals of the B Flight.  In the championship match, Richardson and Szczurek again dropped the opening set before coming back to defeat Grinnell’s number three team of Jill Akiyama and Kelsey Picken (1-6, 6-4, (10-6)) to claim the B Flight title.

Augustana also had two teams competing in the A Flight at the season opening event.  Junior Emily Doemland (Downers Grove South HS, Westmont, Ill.) and sophomore Tricia Sapio (Barrington HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.) played together as Augustana’s number one team and finished the tournament with a 2-2 record.  They fell (6-2, 6-4) in the first match of the day to Central’s Steph Gibbons and Kayla Donner, the number two team for the Dutch.  The tandem lost the first set in the second match against the number one team from Loras of Clare Tuchscherer and Lindsay Dunkirk, but rallied to force a third set super-tiebreaker before falling (6-4, 4-6, (10-7)) in a closely contested match.  Doemland and Sapio rebounded with a (6-4, 6-3) victory over Liza Spears and Lizzy Montgomery of Grinnell, the fifth team for the Pioneers.  In the final match of the day, the top team for the Vikings defeated Augustana’s number two team of senior Alli Bernardi (Rockford Lutheran HS, Belvidere, Ill.) and sophomore Justine Stukas (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) by a score of (8-1).

Bernardi and Stukas faced a couple of number one teams to open the day.  They fell (6-1, 6-2) to Molly Eslick and Leanna Jenkins of Wartburg in the first match of the scrimmage.  In the second match, the Vikings came out strong against Central’s top team of Hillary Baehr and Faith Bliss, but eventually fell (1-6, 6-1, (10-3)).  Bernardi and Stukas put together a strong performance in the third match of the day, defeating Simpson’s number two team of Lynae Gruber and Alissa Nance (6-2, 6-1).  They finished with a 1-3 mark, with all three losses coming against number one teams.

08/23/08 – Fun Doubles Scrimmage

1Steph Gibbons/Kayla Donner (Central) def. Emily Doemland/Tricia Sapio (Augie) 6-2, 6-4
1Clare Tuchscherer/Lindsay Dunkirk (Loras) def. Emily Doemland/Tricia Sapio (Augie) 6-4, 4-6, (10-7)
1Emily Doemland/Tricia Sapio (Augie) def. Liza Spears/Lizzy Montgomery (Grinell) 6-4, 6-3
1Emily Doemland/Tricia Sapio (Augie) def. Alli Bernardi/Justine Stukas (Augie) 8-1
2Molly Eslick/Leanna Jenkins (Wartburg) def. Alli Bernardi/Justine Stukas (Augie) 6-1, 6-2
2Hillary Baehr/Faith Bliss (Central) def. Alli Bernardi/Justine Stukas (Augie) 1-6, 6-1, (10-3)
2Alli Bernardi/Justine Stukas (Augie) def. Lynae Gruber/Alissa Nance (Simpson) 6-2, 6-1
2Emily Doemland/Tricia Sapio (AUGIE) def. Alli Bernardi/Justine Stukas (Augie) 8-1
3Jenna Richardson/Rose Szczurek (AUGIE) def. Amanda Johnson/Annabelle Milliken (Cornell) 6-4, 7-5
3Jenna Richardson/Rose Szczurek (AUGIE) def. Breann Billiet/Brenda Beckers (Loras) 5-7, 6-2, (10-5)
3Jenna Richardson/Rose Szczurek (AUGIE) def. Carissa Bane/Trinh Le (Central) 6-2, 6-2
3Jenna Richardson/Rose Szczurek (AUGIE) def. Jill Akiyama/Kelsey Picken (Grinell) 1-6, 6-4, (10-6)