Game Time...Northwestern College resumes its 2013 women's tennis season with three matches in three days later this week. The Red Raiders open GPAC play on Thursday against Mount Marty at 4:00pm in Yankton, S.D. They will then head south to play a pair of NCAA D-III teams in Simpson on Friday, April 5 followed by Central on Saturday, April 6.
All-Time...Northwestern is 2-2 all-time against Central, earning a 5-4 win over the Dutch last year. The Red Raiders are 1-3 all-time against Simpson, defeating the Storm 7-2 last season. This will be the first ever match-up against Mount Marty.
Scouting Mount Marty...The Lancers are playing its first ever season of women's tennis, having it approved to offer in 2011. Mount Marty is 1-3 so far this season and just 0-1 this spring. They lost to Morningside (8-1) and Missouri Western (7-2) last fall while falling to the University of South Dakota (7-0) on Feb. 2. The Lancers' only win was a 5-4 victory over Bethany Lutheran last fall in Mankato, Minn.
Rob Klimisch is in his first season as the Lancers head coach after spending several years as a high school and youth coach in the Yankton area. Seven freshmen comprise the roster this year.
Kendra Cersosimo, Alexandria Klimisch and Vanessa Rockne all have 1-2 records in singles play to lead the Lancers.
Simpson News and Notes...The Storm are an NCAA D-III institution that are members of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. They are 4-3 in conference play and 8-10 overall, including an 0-5 mark in the spring.
Lindsay Chase is in her fourth season as head coach and returns after leading the Storm to a 10-8 record in 2012, the first winning record in seven years.
Senior Lindsay Nash leads the team with a 13-10 singles' record, playing mainly in the #3 spot. She also has a 13-10 record, along with partner Kelli Ehrhardt, at #2 doubles. Michelle Hartman is 12-9 playing in the #5/#6 spots in singles play and both Allison Anderson and Erhardt have 11 wins in singles. Anderson and Tiffany Bost are 14-9 in doubles play, mainly in the top spot.
Central News and Notes...Also a member of the IIAC and an NCAA D-III institution, the Dutch are 8-6 this season, finishing 3-4 in conference play. They are 0-2 so far this spring, losing to St. Scholastica and Bethel, both of Minnesota.
Steve Tyler is in his fifth season as both the women's and men's tennis coach at Central. Last year, Tyler led the Dutch to an 8-4 record.
Anna Bowser leads the team with a 10-3 record in singles' play, going 6-2 at #4 and 4-1 at #6. Angie Allgood is 8-6 playing in the top singles spot and both Amanda Kuhn and Anna Striegel are 7-7. Allgood and Megan Davis are 9-5 at #1 doubles.
Northwestern Notes...The Red Raiders have not played since splitting a pair of matches on March 22-23. They defeated Martin Luther (9-0) but lost to Northern State the next day, 9-0. Northwestern is 2-4 so far this season as they open GPAC play on Thursday night.
Head coach Jeff Guthmiller in his eighth overall season in charge of the program and guided the Red Raiders to a third place finish in the GPAC last year at 5-2. They ended the year 11-11, losing in the conference semifinals.
Sophomore Frankie Eszes leads the team with a 3-3 singles record and 4-2 doubles mark, both playing in the #1 slot. Eszes boasts a 21-7 career record in singles play and has 20 wins in doubles. Both Hannah Stark and Amanda Bueltel have two wins in singles and partnered together for a 2-2 record in doubles.
Up Next...Northwestern resumes GPAC play next week when they play Morningside in Sioux City, Iowa on Wednesday, April 10 at 4pm.