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September 1, 2008

2008-09 Season - Brittany Reece and Justine Stukas combine for 7-0 mark as Vikings defeat Wartburg 6-3 and Knox 8-1 to improve to 3-1 in women's tennis

Waverly, Iowa – The Augustana women’s tennis team continued its strong early season play with a pair of victories on Monday, September 1 at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.  The Vikings opened with a 6-3 win over Wartburg in the morning and followed with an 8-1 victory against Knox to improve to 3-1 overall this season.  Freshman Brittany Reece (Naperville Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) and sophomore Justine Stukas (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) both played a key role in the wins, combining for a 7-0 record on the day.

Against Wartburg, the Vikings opened the match by taking two of the three doubles matches to grab an early 2-1 advantage.  Junior Jenna Richardson (Melrose Park Walther Lutheran HS, Bellwood, Ill.) and senior Alli Bernardi (Rockford Lutheran HS, Belvidere, Ill.) were (8-3) winners against Emily Heying and Kayley Grant at second doubles.  Reece and Stukas combined for an (8-5) victory at number three doubles over Natalie Branstad and Shannon Boock.

Sophomore Tricia Sapio (Barrington HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.) quickly made it 3-1 with a convincing (6-0, 6-0) performance at fourth singles against Branstad.  Reece gave Augustana its fourth point of the match with a (6-2, 6-1) win over Grant in the fifth position.  Stukas, playing her first career varsity singles match, rallied from a one set deficit to defeat Boock (4-6, 6-1, (10-2)) at sixth singles to clinch the meet for the Vikings.  Junior Emily Doemland (Downers Grove South HS, Westmont, Ill.) added a (7-5, 6-2) victory at number three singles against Leanna Jenkins to give Augustana the 6-3 win.

The Vikings continued to play well in the afternoon match against Knox, again winning at second and third doubles to grab the early 2-1 edge.  Richardson and Reece rolled to an (8-0) win in the second spot against Molly Stein and Katie Beadling.  Stukas and freshman Julie Wach (Marist HS, Chicago, Ill.), making her varsity debut, defeated Rachel Clark and Priya Sharma (8-5) at third doubles.  Doemland and Sapio dropped a hard fought (9-8 (7)) decision to Megan Funk and Jordan Kuban at number one doubles.

Augustana finished the day by sweeping the six singles matches, all in straight sets.  Richardson won (6-0, 6-3) over Funk at first singles while Bernardi defeated Kuban (6-2, 6-0) in the second slot.  Doemland was a (6-1, 6-0) winner against Stein at third singles and Sapio gutted out a (6-3, 6-4) decision in the fourth spot.  Sapio trailed 3-0 in the first set before rallying for her fourth straight singles victory to begin the season.  Reece won her fourth match of the day, defeating Alexa Hagen (6-0, 6-3) at number five singles.  Freshman Alyssa Quitschau (Jacobs HS, Algonquin, Ill.), also making her varsity debut, earned a (6-3, 6-4) win against Clark at sixth singles.

09/01/08 – Augustana 6, Wartburg 3

1.Molly Eslick (Wartburg) def. Jenna Richardson (Augie) 6-2, 6-3
2.Emily Heying (Wartburg) def. Alli Bernardi (Augie) 6-1, 6-3
3.Emily Doemland (Augie) def. Leanna Jenkins (Wartburg) 7-5, 6-2
4.Tricia Sapio (Augie) def. Natalie Branstad (Wartburg) 6-0, 6-0
5.Brittany Reece (Augie) def. Kayla Grant (Wartburg) 6-2, 6-1
6.Justine Stukas (Augie) def. Shannon Boock (Wartburg) 4-6, 6-1, (10-2)
1.Molly Eslick/Leanna Jenkins (Wartburg) def. Emily Doemland/Tricia Sapio (Augie) 8-2
2.Jenna Richardson/Alli Bernardi (Augie) def. Emily Heying/Kayley Grant (Wartburg) 8-3
3.Brittany Reece/Justine Stukas (Augie) def. Natalie Branstad/Shannon Boock (Wartburg) 8-5

09/01/08 – Augustana 8, Knox 1

1.Jenna Richardson (Augie) def. Megan Funk (Knox) 6-0, 6-3
2.Alli Bernardi (Augie) def. Jordan Kuban (Knox) 6-2, 6-0
3.Emily Doemland (Augie) def. Molly Stein (Knox) 6-1, 6-0
4.Tricia Sapio (Augie) def. Katie Beadling (Knox) 6-3, 6-4
5.Brittany Reece (Augie) def. Alexa Hagen (Knox) 6-0, 6-3
6.Alyssa Quitschau (Augie) def. Rachel Clark (Knox) 6-3, 6-4
1.Megan Funk/Jordan Kuban (Knox) def. Emily Doemland/Tricia Sapio (Augie) 9-8 (7)
2.Jenna Richardson/Brittany Reece (Augie) def. Molly Stein/Katie Beadling (Knox) 8-0
3.Justine Stukas/Julie Wach (Augie) def. Rachel Clark/Priya Sharma (Knox) 8-4