Schedule note: @ Four Seasons in Sioux City, Iowa
Schedule note: Game will be played at Four Seasons, Sioux City, Iowa
Game Time...The Northwestern College women's tennis team resumes conference play this weekend as they play 25th-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, April 13 at 11:30am at the Four Seasons in Sioux City, Iowa. (note change of venue due to the snow). Northwestern is 1-0 in the GPAC, 3-6 overall, while Nebraska Wesleyan is 3-0 in the GPAC, 7-6 overall.
All-Time...Northwestern is 4-9 all-time against Nebraska Wesleyan and has dropped its last nine matches to the Prairie Wolves. The Red Raiders last defeated NWU in 1999 and lost to 6-3 last year in Lincoln, Neb.
Scouting Nebraska Wesleyan...The Prairie Wolves are a perfect 3-0 and in first place within the GPAC, 7-6 overall. They are ranked 25th in the most recent NAIA coaches' poll. NWU has won four straight and five of its last six matches, earning wins over Macalester, Doane, Hastings and Midland by a combined 34-2 score.
Dr. Rick Hurley is in his 10th season as the head coach and has guided the Wolves to back-to-back undefeated seasons and GPAC regular/postseason championships. Coach Hurley is 113-18 all-time in conference play. He returns four starters and five players from a 2012 team that finished 7-0 in the GPAC, 12-10 overall.
Freshman Katherine Ternent leads the team with a 9-4 singles record, playing mainly in the #3 spot. Senior Terah Maloley is 8-5 at #4 singles and returns after earning first team all-GPAC honors last year. Junior Hannah Husmann, another first team all-GPAC selection in 2012, is 7-6 at #6 singles. Ericka Dickmeyer is 6-5 plaing in the #2 spot. She partners with Ternent for a 6-5 record as the Wolves top doubles' team.
Northwestern News and Notes...Northwestern is 1-0 in the GPAC but has dropped two straight matches since its 7-2 win over Mount Marty that opened conference play. They lost to a pair of NCAA D-III teams, Simpson and Central, last weekend to fall to 3-6 on the year.
Sophomore Frankie Eszes, the reigning GPAC player of the year and NAIA All-American, leads the team with a 4-5 record playing in the #1 slot. She is also 5-4 with partner Jami Koens as the top doubles team. Amanda Bueltel is 4-3 playing in the #6 spot in singles and both Hannah Stark and Missy Yorchak have three wins in singles play. Yorchak earned all-conference honors last season in singles.
Probable Line-up and current record:
1. Frankie Eszes (4-5)
2.Terry Odera (1-6)
3.Jami Koens (2-7)
4.Hannah Stark (3-6)
5.Missy Yorchak (3-4)
6.Amanda Bueltel (4-3)
Up Next...Northwestern heads to Fremont, Neb. to play Midland in another GPAC match on Monday, April 15 at 4:30pm.