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September 23, 2009

2009-2010 Season - Vikings fall 5-4 to St. Ambrose

DAVENPORT, IowaThe Augustana women’s tennis team dropped a 5-4 match to St. Ambrose on Wednesday, September 23 in Davenport, Iowa.  The Vikings battled back from a 2-1 deficit after doubles and again from a 4-2 deficit in singles before the Queen Bees finally won the match.  The Blue & Gold are now 5-8 overall this season.

Sophomores Alyssa Quitschau (Jacobs HS, Algonquin, Ill.) and Julie Wach (Marist HS, Chicago, Ill.) scored the first point of the evening for the Vikings with an (8-5) win at No. 3 doubles against Emily Anderson and Mary Nodland.  St. Ambrose won at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to grab the lead heading into singles play.

Junior Tricia Sapio (Barrington HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.) quickly tied the match up at 2-2 as she cruised to a (6-1, 6-0) victory over Anderson at No. 4 singles.  The Queen Bees went back in front when Amanda Gomez knocked off Augustana’s senior Jenna Richardson (Melrose Park Walther Lutheran HS, Bellwood, Ill.) at No. 1 singles by a (6-2, 7-5) score.  The lead grew when St. Ambrose’s Rachel Sarafin defeated senior Tricia Crawford (Decorah HS, Decorah, Iowa) by a (6-1, 5-7, (10-7)) score at No. 2 singles.  Crawford battled back from a 6-1, 4-1 deficit before dropping the match.

Trailing 4-2 and needing to win all three of the remaining matches, Augustana started to work its way back when senior Emily Doemland (Downers Grove South HS, Westmont, Ill.) gutted out a (6-3, 7-5) win over Jenelle Bayer at No. 3 singles.  Doemland rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the second set, winning the final five games to close out the match.  Freshman Krista Panko (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) quickly followed with a (6-3, 6-2) victory over Melanie Blazevic at No. 6 singles.  With the match deadlocked at 4-4, sophomore Brittany Reece (Naperville Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) went back and forth with Nodland at No. 5 singles before falling (6-4, 4-6, (10-8)).

09/23/09 – St. Ambrose 5, Augustana 4






Amanda Gomez (SAU) def. Jenna Richardson (AUGIE) 6-2, 7-5


Rachel Sarafin (SAU) def. Tricia Crawford (AUGIE) 6-1, 5-7, (10-7)


Emily Doemland (AUGIE) def. Jenelle Bayer (SAU) 6-3, 7-5


Tricia Sapio (AUGIE) def. Emily Anderson (SAU) 6-1, 6-0


Mary Nodland (SAU) def. Brittany Reece (AUGIE) 6-4, 4-6, (10-8)


Krista Panko (AUGIE) def. Melanie Blazevic (SAU) 6-3, 6-2




Amanda Gomez/Adrianne Foley (SAU) def. Jenna Richardson/Tricia Crawford (AUGIE) 8-6


Rachel Sarafin/Jenelle Bayer (SAU) def. Emily Doemland/Tricia Sapio (AUGIE) 8-4


Alyssa Quitschau/Julie Wach (AUGIE) def. Emily Anderson/Mary Nodland (SAU) 8-5