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September 13, 2008

2008-09 Season - Augustana women's tennis team earns 5-4 win against Illinois Wesleyan, drops 6-3 decision to North Central

Ill. – The Augustana women’s tennis team raced out to an early lead, fell behind, and battled back to earn a 5-4 win against Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday, September 13 at the Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington, Illinois.  The Vikings followed with a solid showing against North Central, but dropped a 6-3 decision.  Augustana moves to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

In the first match of the day against the Titans, Augustana came out on fire, sweeping all three doubles matches and grabbing a 3-0 lead heading into singles play.  Junior Emily Doemland (Downers Grove South HS, Westmont, Ill.) and sophomore Tricia Sapio (Barrington HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.) were (8-5) winners at number one doubles over Allison Heim and Cassie Devore.  Junior Jenna Richardson (Melrose Park Walther Lutheran HS, Bellwood, Ill.) and senior Alli Bernardi (Rockford Lutheran HS, Belvidere, Ill.) defeated Kristen Piotrowski and Kathleen Johnson (8-3) at second doubles.  Freshman Brittany Reece (Naperville Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) and sophomore Justine Stukas (Downers Grove North HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) teamed together for an (8-4) victory at third doubles against Sarah Wilson and Cate Hunter.

Illinois Wesleyan rallied back to tie the match after sweeping the top three singles matches and took the lead with a victory at sixth singles.  The closest match of the bunch came at number two singles where Bernardi fought off four match points before falling (3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6)) to Devore. 

Sapio pulled out two tough sets to even the match at 4-4, defeating Wilson (7-5, 6-4) at fourth singles, setting the stage for the final match at the fifth spot.  Reece also won her first set, but saw her opponent fight off four match points before Reece finally clinched the victory for the Vikings with a (7-5, 6-4) victory against Johnson.

The Vikings returned to the courts to face North Central in the afternoon match, but fell behind 2-1 after the doubles matches.  Reece and Stukas continued to play well together, defeating Melissa Lewis and Cristina Madrigal (8-3) at third doubles to put Augustana on the board.

Augustana also won at first and third singles, finishing the match with three points.  Richardson fought off a late rally by Cory Schillerstrom to notch a (6-0, 7-6 (2)) victory at number one singles.  Doemland rallied after losing the first set to defeat Alli Paschold (0-6, 6-4, 6-4) at third singles.  Sapio dropped a close decision (7-6 (5), 7-5) to Lewis at the fourth spot.

The Vikings will be back in action on Thursday, September 18 when the team will face St. Ambrose in Davenport, Iowa.

09/13/08 – Augustana 5, Illinois Wesleyan 4

1.Allison Heim (IWU) def. Jenna Richardson (Augie) 6-3, 6-2
2.Cassie Devore (IWU) def. Alli Bernardi (Augie) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6)
3.Kristen Piotrowski (IWU) def. Emily Doemland (Augie) 6-3, 6-3
4.Tricia Sapio (Augie) def. Sarah Wilson (IWU) 7-5, 6-4
5.Brittany Reece (Augie) def. Kathleen Johnson (IWU) 7-5, 6-4
6.Cate Hunter (IWU) def. Julie Wach (Augie) 6-2, 6-1
1.Emily Doemland/Tricia Sapio (Augie) def. Allison Heim/Cassie Devore (IWU) 8-5
2.Jenna Richardson/Alli Bernardi (Augie) def. Kristen Piotrowski/Kathleen Johnson (IWU) 8-3
3.Brittany Reece/Justine Stukas (Augie) def. Sarah Wilson/Cate Hunter (IWU) 8-4

09/13/08 – North Central 6, Augustana 3

1.Jenna Richardson (Augie) def. Cory Schillerstrom (NCC) 6-0, 7-6 (2)
2.Alicia DeGrado (NCC) def. Alli Bernardi (Augie) 6-3, 6-3
3.Emily Doemland (Augie) def. Alli Paschold (NCC) 0-6. 6-4, 6-4
4.Melissa Lewis (NCC) def. Tricia Sapio (Augie) 7-6 (5), 7-5
5.Christine Heyd (NCC) def. Brittany Reece (Augie) 6-0, 6-0
6.Cristina Madrigal (NCC) def. Alyssa Quitschau (Augie) 6-2, 6-0
1.Cory Schillerstrom/Alli Paschold (NCC) def.Emily Doemland/Tricia Sapio (Augie) 8-3
2.Alicia DeGrado/Christine Heyd (NCC) def. Jenna Richardson/Alli Bernardi (Augie) 8-3
3.Brittany Reece/Justine Stukas (Augie) def. Melissa Lewis/Cristina Madrigal (NCC) 8-3