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September 27, 2011

2011-12 Season - Vikings beat St. Ambrose 6-3

Emily Kaczmarek and Chelsea Lavin walk off the court following their victory at number three doubles in the Vikings win over St. Ambrose on September 27.

Augustana women’s tennis got back on the winning track on Tuesday, September 27, taking down St. Ambrose by a score of 6-3 at the Carver Courts. The Vikings took two out of three doubles and four out of six singles matches to earn the victory and move to 6-6 on the season. It was the seventh victory for Augustana over St. Ambrose in the last eight meetings between the cross-river rivals.

Doubles started strong as first, second, and third earned early leads. The first doubles team of Kim Sawyer (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) and Meghan Wethington (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.), however, had its serve broken to get down 2-3 and couldn’t get the break back en route to an 8-6 loss. The second doubles team of Krista Panko (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) and Brittany Reece (Naperville HS, Naperville, Ill.) jumped out early and never looked back as they overpowered St. Ambrose 8-2 while the third doubles team of Chelsea Lavin (Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) and Emily Kaczmarek (Glenbard South HS, Lombard, Ill.) followed suit as they used good tactical approaches to pull off the 8-3 victory.

Singles started strong the Vikings took the first set at all six singles positions. Sawyer continued the pressure and earned a 6-2, 6-2 win with Panko winning by the same margin at number three. Wethington carved the ball well and she also earned a straight sets win 6-2, 6-1 at number four while sixth singles player Katie Scharnagle (St. Francis College Prep HS, Lisle, Ill.) used high consistency to earn a 6-2, 6-2 win. 

Reece and Mariah Bardo (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) at second and fifth respectively split sets and went to 10 point tiebreakers where they were both narrowly edged.

The Vikings return to action on Friday with Reece and Sawyer at ITA’s in Kalamazoo, Michigan while the rest of the team takes on Knox at 4:30 in the women’s final fall match before the conference tournament.