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May 20, 2011


Freshman Kim Sawyer established a new Augustana single season school record with 29 victories in 2010-11. She helped lead the Vikings to a sterling 20-9 overall record, which is also a new school record.

Augustana women’s tennis team sets school record for single season victories; Vikings tie for second at CCIW Championships to finish fall season and place second at CCIW AQ Tournament in spring; Kim Sawyer breaks single season win mark with 29 singles victories as a freshman

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The Augustana women’s tennis team completed its spring season by finishing second at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Automatic Qualifier Tournament. The Vikings defeated Carthage by a 7-2 score in the semi-finals before falling 9-0 to nationally ranked Wheaton in the championship match. It was the first time that the Blue & Gold had advanced to the finals in the five year history of the event. Augustana finished the year with a 20-9 record, breaking the old mark of 19 wins set in 1993-94.

Earlier, Augustana concluded its fall season by tying for second place at the CCIW Tournament. It was the best finish for the Blue & Gold since 1997. The Vikings tallied 37 points and tied the Lady Reds of Carthage. Wheaton won the team title with 78 points and Illinois Wesleyan grabbed the final spot in the CCIW Automatic Qualifier Tournament with 34 points. North Central (28), Elmhurst (11), and Millikin (0) rounded out the field. Augustana was 9-3 overall and 4-2 in the CCIW in the fall.

A pair of freshmen, Shannen McNamara (Battle Mountain HS, Avon, Colo.) and Kim Sawyer (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) were named to the first team of the CCIW all-conference team. In addition, head coach Adam Strand was tabbed as the “Coach of the Year” in the league.

Augustana opened the season with a weekend in Decatur, Illinois, participating in the Dorothy McClure Invitational and also facing Millikin and Illinois Wesleyan. After waltzing through the Invite at 19-0 and easing past Millikin for a total of 28 straight victories, the Blue & Gold faced a stiff test against the Titans. The Vikings trailed 2-1 after doubles, but rallied with four singles victories to earn a key 5-4 win.

After a pair of losses to nationally ranked opponents (Wheaton & Luther), the Vikings rebounded nicely with a couple 9-0 victories against Loras and Elmhurst on Labor Day to improve to 4-2. Augustana picked up its third straight win and fifth overall with a 5-4 victory against Carthage the following weekend. Once again, the Blue & Gold rallied from a 2-1 deficit in doubles to secure the win, raising the squad’s record to 4-1 in the CCIW. It also marked the first win over the Lady Reds since 1997.

Augustana split its squad for the next two matches and kept the positive momentum rolling with an 8-1 win at Dubuque and a 7-2 home victory against Knox. The Vikings had 14 different players earn varsity wins as the team improved to 7-2 overall heading into the stretch run of the fall season.

The Blue & Gold nailed down win number eight of the fall with an impressive 8-1 victory against Central of Iowa. However, the team was unable to hold on to a 2-1 lead after doubles in the afternoon match, falling 5-4 to North Central. The loss to the Cardinals gave the Vikings a mark of 8-3 overall and 4-2 against CCIW foes heading into the conference tournament.

The fall regular season wrapped up with a 6-3 victory against St. Ambrose, improving Augustana to 9-3, and a solid showing at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri where six singles players qualified for the second round of play.

The conference tournament was a two day roller coaster ride, but Augustana earned the No. 2 seed for the CCIW Automatic Qualifier tournament in the spring and a match-up with No. 3 seed Carthage in the semi-final round of action.

The spring season kicked off with a trip to Orlando, Florida and the Vikings split four matches. After dropping a 5-4 heartbreaker to Alma and falling 8-1 to NAIA power Webber International, the Blue & Gold responded with a pair of victories to close out the trip. First, Augustana upset Christopher Newport by a 5-4 score and then swept Hanover 9-0 in the final match. The Vikings pulled out a trio of three set victories against Christopher Newport and then saw eight players earn wins against Hanover, improving Augustana to 11-5 overall.

Augustana returned home to face four ranked teams in a six match stretch, starting with a meet at Wartburg. The Vikings fared well at the top of the lineup, but dropped a 6-3 decision. The Blue & Gold notched wins from the bottom of the singles lineup against Coe, but fell 7-2 to another ranked foe. Facing St. Ambrose for the second time this season, Augustana prevailed with another 6-3 victory to give the team a 12-7 record.

The Vikings lost to a third straight ranked squad when the team fell 6-3 to UW-La Crosse, but Augustana pulled another big upset with a 5-4 victory at Grinnell the following week. Augustana also swept Cornell 9-0 that day and saw itself move into the Central Region Rankings for the first time at No. 17.

The 9-0 victory over Cornell was a sign of good things to come as Augustana swept its next three opponents, defeating Monmouth, Simpson, and Dubuque without losing a single match. The Vikings saw 12 players earn varsity wins during this stretch and the team moved its way up to No. 14 in the next set of Central Region Rankings heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

Augustana saw 11 players earn wins in yet another 9-0 sweep, this time against Loras. The individual match winning streak was finally snapped in the next meet, but the Vikings still cruised to an 8-1 victory against Edgewood, an NCAA Tournament qualifier and the champion of the Northern Athletics Conference.

After dispatching Carthage for the second time this season and falling to Wheaton in the CCIW AQ championship match, the Vikings finished with an impressive 20-9 record, winning eight of the last nine matches of the year.

McNamara played No. 1 singles for the majority of the fall season and split duties at No. 1 and No. 2 with Sawyer in the spring. She was 16-3 at No. 1 singles, 7-4 at No. 2 singles, 0-2 at the ITA Regional Tournament, and 2-0 at the Dorothy McClure Invitational. McNamara was 4-2 at No. 1 singles in the CCIW and finished third in the No. 1 singles flight at the conference tournament. In the spring, she earned CCIW “Player of the Week” honors on April 5 after winning both of her matches against a regionally ranked UW-La Crosse squad.

She also teamed with Sawyer for a 20-9 record in doubles. The duo was 3-3 at No. 1 doubles in the CCIW and placed fourth at the conference tournament. They also advanced to the Round of 16 at the ITA Regional, losing to a doubles pair from the University of Chicago that would go on to finish fifth at the ITA Small College Championships. Both players were named to the all-conference team as first team selections. They are the first two Vikings to be honored with first team status since Kristen Pence in 2004. They would finish the season at 16-6 at No. 1 doubles in dual meets and 4-3 overall in tournaments.

Sawyer hammered out a tremendous season, setting a school record for singles wins in a singles season while holding down the No. 2 singles slot in league play and splitting time at No. 1 and No. 2 in non-conference matches. She was 10-3 at No. 1 singles, 14-2 at No. 2 singles, 3-2 at the ITA Regional, and 2-0 at the Dorothy McClure Invitational. Sawyer was named CCIW “Player of the Week” on September 29 after winning all four of her matches against Central of Iowa and North Central. She led the squad with an overall record of 51-16, finishing 22-9 in doubles to go along with her impressive singles mark. She was 5-1 at No. 2 singles in the CCIW and earned a runner-up finish at the conference tournament.

Freshman Samantha Tonn (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) solidified the No. 3 spot in the singles lineup in the fall and compiled a record of 10-7. She was 1-0 at No. 1, 1-0 at No. 2, 5-6 at No. 3, 1-1 at the ITA Regional, and 2-0 at the Dorothy McClure Invitational. Tonn earned her first varsity win at No. 1 singles against Loras and also won at No. 2 singles over Knox. She played in a few spring matches at No. 4 and finished 10-10 in singles.

Tonn also played with four different partners in doubles and finished the fall season by teaming with sophomore Krista Panko (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) . Although the tandem only played one match together in the CCIW and four overall, they teamed together to finish second in the No. 2 doubles flight at the conference tournament. Tonn and Panko entered as the No. 5 seed, but earned wins over the No. 4 seed (Carthage) and the No. 1 seed (North Central) before falling to the No. 2 seed (Wheaton) in the championship match.

Panko also had a terrific conference tournament in the No. 5 singles flight, finishing third for the Vikings. As in doubles, she entered as the No. 5 seed, but earned wins over the No. 4 seed (North Central) and the No. 3 seed (Illinois Wesleyan). Panko’s overall singles record was 17-14, including 1-0 at No. 3, 5-6 at No. 4, and 8-7 at No. 5, 1-1 at the ITA Regional, and 2-0 at the Dorothy McClure Invitational. Halfway through her career, she has 64 total wins. Panko is 33-24 in singles and 31-28 in doubles.

Senior Tricia Sapio (Barrington HS, Hoffman Estates, Ill.) made her mark in the singles lineup with an impressive 15-5 mark in the fall, tying Sawyer for the team lead in that category during the fall season. After losing on September 4 to drop to 3-3 overall, she rattled off nine straight victories before falling in the third round of the ITA Regional on October 3. Sapio was the lone Viking to advance to the third round in the singles draw at the event. Sapio was 4-2 at No. 4 singles in the CCIW and ended up placing third at the No. 4 singles flight at the conference tournament, winning a crucial tie-breaker over North Central in the third place match. She moved into the No. 3 slot in the spring and finished 22-15 overall in singles. Sapio completed her career with 101 victories, joining the “100 Win Club”. She was named CCIW “Player of the Week” on April 20 after going a perfect 4-0 against Monmouth and Simpson. Sapio also won 13 doubles matches over the course of the season.

Senior Sheri Hendricks (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Warrenville, Ill.) finished 13-10 while playing primarily in the No. 6 slot in the Viking lineup. She was 2-2 at No. 5, 8-6 at No. 6, 1-1 at the ITA Regional, advancing to the second round with an impressive three set victory against DePauw. She also won both of her singles matches at the Dorothy McClure Invitational. Hendricks was 3-3 at No. 6 singles in the CCIW and finished fourth at the conference tournament, avenging a regular season loss to Carthage along the way. Hendricks notched nine doubles victories in her final season as a Viking and finished up the spring portion of the year by playing in the No. 2 slot with Sapio.

Junior Brittany Reece (Naperville Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville, Ill.) wrapped up her third season with the Blue & Gold by compiling a 12-7 mark in singles action. She was 2-0 at No. 3, 1-0 at No. 4, 3-4 at No. 5, 3-2 at No. 6, 1-1 at the ITA Regional, and 2-0 at the Dorothy McClure Invitational. Reece was also impressive on the doubles court, finishing with a record of 17-9. She was 11-3 with Panko, earning key wins at No. 3 doubles against several CCIW opponents and Grinnell in the spring. Reece was selected as CCIW “Player of the Week” on April 26 after winning at No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles against Dubuque. She will enter her senior year with 77 wins. Reece is 37-34 in singles and 40-25 in doubles.

Sophomore Meghan Wethington (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) completed her second season with a 9-4 record in singles and an 8-4 mark in doubles. In singles, she was 2-0 at No. 3, 2-0 at No. 4, 0-1 at No. 5, 2-1 at No. 6, 1-2 at the ITA Regional, and 2-0 at the Dorothy McClure Invitational. Freshman Emily Kaczmarek (Glenbard South HS, Lombard, Ill.) was 5-2 in singles and 4-1 in doubles. She finished 2-0 at No. 4, 2-0 at No. 5, and 2-0 at No. 6 in singles action. Her biggest win of the year was a three set victory against Christopher Newport at No. 6.

Freshman Katie Scharnagle (St. Francis College Prep, Lisle, Ill.) was a perfect 4-0 in singles, going 1-0 at No. 4, 2-0 at No. 5, and 1-0 at No. 6. She was also 2-0 at No. 3 doubles with freshman Mariah Bardo (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) . Bardo won her lone varsity singles match at No. 5 against Dubuque. Junior Alyssa Quitschau (Jacobs HS, Algonquin, Ill.) went 3-0 in her varsity singles matches, picking up a win at No. 5 and two at No. 6. She won her only varsity doubles match at No. 2 with Reece. Freshman Caitee Margenthaler (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) finished 1-1 in singles and was also 2-0 in doubles. Freshmen Callie Winter (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) and Carrie Keahl (Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.) were 0-1 in their only doubles appearance at the varsity level. Sophomore Allie Bierhaus (Bloomington South HS, Bloomington, Ind.) was 0-1 in singles.

Augustana finished the year with an overall record of 151-80 in singles and 66-42 in doubles. The team was 113-61 in singles in dual meets with a 22-14 record against CCIW opponents. The Vikings compiled a 56-31 mark in doubles in dual matches and were 10-11 in CCIW meets. Augustana saw all 18 of its players participate in at least one varsity match and 15 Vikings notched at least one varsity win.


October 8-9, 2010 *** Quad City Tennis Club *** Moline, Illinois

TEAM SCORES: 1. Wheaton (78); 2. Augustana (37); 2. Carthage (37); 4. Illinois Wesleyan (34); 5. North Central (28); 6. Elmhurst (11) 7. Millikin (0).


10/08-09/10 – Augustana ties for second  






Elizabeth Worsowicz (WHEATON) def. Hollis McPeek (Carthage) 6-3, 6-1


Shannen McNamara (AUGIE) finishes third


Sara Federschmidt (WHEATON) def. Kim Sawyer (AUGIE) 6-1, 6-2


Kristina Naidicz (CARTHAGE) def. Lindsey Hallett (WHEATON) 6-2, 6-1


Sarah Ray (WHEATON) def. Cassie Devore (IWU) 6-2, 6-0


Tricia Sapio (AUGIE) finishes third


Kirsten Boyer (WHEATON) def. Amanda Bizub (CARTHAGE) 6-3, 6-1


Krista Panko (AUGIE) finishes third


Marissa Shults (WHEATON) def. Allison Ignarski (NCC) 6-2, 6-2


Sheri Hendricks (AUGIE) finishes fourth




Elizabeth Worsowicz/Sara Federschmidt (WHEATON) def. Hollis McPeek/Kristina Naidicz (CARTHAGE) 6-1, 6-2


Shannen McNamara/Kim Sawyer (AUGIE) finish fourth


Lindsey Hallett/Marissa Shults (WHEATON) def. Samantha Tonn/Krista Panko (AUGIE) 6-1, 6-2


Sarah Ray/Kirsten Boyer (WHEATON) def. Lauren Drawbridge/Alissa Goetz (IWU) 7-5, 7-5


Tricia Sapio/Brittany Reece (AUGIE) finish fourth


School Record for Single Season Wins: 20-9 (breaks old mark of 19-3 set in 1993-94 season)

CCIW All-Conference Players: Shannen McNamara (1 st team) & Kim Sawyer (1 st team)

CCIW Team Finish: T – 2 nd place at conference tournament with 37 points (Highest finish since 1997)

CCIW AQ Finish: 2 nd place…defeated Carthage 7-2 in semi-finals; lost to Wheaton 9-0 in championship match

Most Singles Wins in a Single Season (School Record): Kim Sawyer with 29 (29-7)

Single Season Singles Wins: Kim Sawyer…1 st with 29 (29-7); Shannen McNamara…T – 5th with 25 (25-9)

Single Season Doubles Wins: Shannen McNamara & Kim Sawyer…T – 6 th with 20 (20-9)

Single Season Doubles Winning Percentage: Krista Panko & Brittany Reece…10 th at .786 (11-3)

Career Doubles Winning Percentage: Krista Panko & Brittany Reece…sixth at .786 (11-3)

100 th Career Victory: Tricia Sapio (05/01/11 vs. Loras)

100 Win Club: Tricia Sapio with 101

CCIW “PLAYER OF THE WEEK”: Kim Sawyer (09/29/10); Shannen McNamara (04/05/11); Tricia Sapio (04/20/11); Brittany Reece (04/26/11)

ITA Scholar Athlete Award (for 2009-10): Tricia Crawford, Emily Doemland, Sheri Hendricks, & Meghan Wethington

CCIW Academic All-Conference (for fall 2010): Sheri Hendricks, Brittany Reece, Meghan Wethington, & Kim Sawyer

Most Valuable Player: Tricia Sapio & Shannen McNamara

Newcomer of the Year: Kim Sawyer

Most Improved: Brittany Reece

Most Inspirational: Sheri Hendricks