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September 17, 2011

2011-12 Season - Augustana splits pair of non-conference matches on September 17

Meghan Wethington hits a winning shot against Lake Forest.

Augustana moved to 5-4 on the season in women’s tennis with a split of a pair of non-conference matches on Saturday, September 17 at home. The Vikings lost a tough 5-4 decision to Cornell in the first match of the day but rebounded to defeat Lake Forest 6-3 in the nightcap. Augustana women’s tennis is back on court this Friday when the Vikings take on Wheaton in Wheaton, Illinois at 6:00 pm.

09/17/11 – CORNELL 5, AUGUSTANA 4

Vikings fall to Cornell 5-4 in hard-fought match

Doubles proved to be pivotal as Cornell edged Augustana 5-4 in non-conference women’s tennis at home on Saturday September 17th. The Rams jumped to an early 2-1 advantage after intense doubles matches.

Augustana’s first doubles team of Kim Sawyer and Meghan Wethington fought hard but were edged 7-9 in a close match. After gaining the advantage 7-6 and even being down match point Kirsten Lasley and Ariana Hudson of Cornell fought back to tie the match at 7 and eventually claim the 9-7 victory.

Cornell also won at second doubles to take an early 2-0 lead. Augustana’s third doubles team of Chelsea Lavin  and Emily Kaczmarek battled well and jumped off to a 7-4 lead behind aggressive net play but Cornell fought back and pulled ahead 8-7. However, the Vikings would not be denied and used aggressive returns to take the game and cruise 7-1 in the tiebreaker to bring the match to 1-2.

In singles Sawyer continued her great season as she used great consistency to earn a 6-2, 6-1 victory and moved her singles record to 8-0. Second, third, and fourth singles battled but were defeated. Kaczmarek, at fifth singles, jumped out early and took a 5-2 lead before a number of back and forth games that squared the match at 5-5 and 6-6. Down two set points at 5-6, and 6-7 Kaczmarek used high consistency and intelligent play to force her opponent into errors and claim the first set 7-6 (7). Kaczmarek continued the momentum as she won the second set to earn a 7-6, 6-4 victory.

Putting up the same effort on the next court was Mariah Bardo. Bardo also jumped out to a 5-2 advantage before Claudia Landsman fought back to 5-4. Bardo settled herself down and finished off the set 6-4. In a similar second set Bardo hit good passing shots to earn a 6-4, 7-5 victory.


Vikings rebound from tough loss to beat Lake Forest 6-3

Augustana women’s tennis shook off a narrow defeat to Cornell and rebounded with a 6-3 win over Lake Forest in the Vikings second match of the day on the Carver courts on Saturday, September 17.

The Vikings jumped ahead early in doubles getting out to a 2-1 advantage. Augustana’s third doubles team of Chelsea Lavin and Caitee Margenthaler used ferocious ground strokes and stellar net play to roll to an 8-2 victory. The second doubles team of Krista Panko and Brittany Reece  followed suit as they used high pressure ground strokes to reel off an 8-4 victory. First doubles competed well but after getting down 6-5 they had their serve broken and eventually lost 8-5.

In singles the Vikings came out well. Kim Sawyer led the team as she cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 victory and moved to 9-0 on the season in singles. Reece battled well and stayed steady with her ground strokes before she was eventually defeated 4-6, 5-7 at number two singles. Panko also was thwarted in her singles match. Fifth and sixth singles players Emily Kaczmarek and Mariah Bardo continued their great play on the day as they both won singles in straight sets. Kaczmarek used great attacking shots to earn the 6-0, 6-3 victory and Bardo used high consistency to ease through a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

Fourth singles player Meghan Wethington closed out the match in dramatic fashion under the lights. After dropping the first set 4-6, Wethington and Lucy Cooper from Lake Forest went back and forth in the second set, before Cooper jumped ahead 6-5. Wethington, however, showed no quit and used solid returns to break Cooper and bring the match to 6-6. Using that momentum Wethington jumped ahead 4-0 in the tiebreaker and sailed to a 7-3 win. With the sets split the players went to a 10 point tiebreaker where Wethington saved her best for last. Showing fine defensive tennis at times while also using punishing passing shots Wethington once again turned on the juice in the tie-breaker and won 10-3 to move the Vikings to a 6-3 victory.