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March 21, 2013

Sawyer wins CCIW honor for third time

Kim Sawyer was named the "Player of the Week" in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for the third time this season. Sawyer, now 20-3 at number one singles, can break the Augustana school record for career singles' wins this weekend.

Augustana junior Kim Sawyer (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) has been named as the "Player of the Week" in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in women's tennis after her performance over the past weekend. This is the third time this season that Sawyer has been honored by the CCIW as the "Player of the Week".

Sawyer, who is now 20-3 this season at number one singles, picked up a significant victory on Saturday, March 16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She defeated Tai Lucero of Coe 7-6; 6-1 in a match that lasted over two hours. Lucero was the 10th ranked singles player in the NCAA Division III's Central Region prior to the match.  

With that victory, Sawyer tied the Augustana school record for career singles wins. She is now 76-17 during her Augustana career and she is currently even with Kristen Pence, who was 76-19 from 2001-04.  

Sawyer won a school-record 29 matches as a freshman in 2010-11 and 27, tied for second all-time at Augustana, as a sophomore in 2011-12. In addition to potentially breaking the school record for victories in her next match, which is Sunday at home against St. Ambrose, she currently owns the top career singles winning percentage in school history at .817. She is just ahead of Pence's mark of .800 (76-19).  

Sawyer won the number one singles title in the CCIW this past fall and she was named the conference's "Player of the Year". She has been an all-conference performer each of her three years at Augustana and has been named to the academic all-conference team as well. In the fall she was named the CCIW's "Player of the Week" on September 12 and again on October 3.  

She has 126 total victories (singles and doubles combined) during her career and she is currently tied for seventh on the school's all-time list in that category. She is in a deadlock with Beth Cook (126-81 from 1987-91) and Jean Fraser (126-105 from 1988-92).