Schedule note: @ Fremont, Neb.
Game Time...Northwestern College concludes its conference regular season as they play Concordia and Doane in Fremont, Neb. Northwestern will play Concordia at 10am and will play the Tigers at 2pm.
All-Time...Northwestern is 7-6 all-time against Concordia and 12-2 against Doane. Last year, the Red Raiders defeated Concordia 6-3, snapping a four-match losing streak. Northwestern went 2-0 last year against Doane, including a win over the Tigers in the GPAC Quarterfinals.
Scouting Concordia...The Bulldogs are 2-2 in the GPAC, 8-6 overall. They have wins over Mount Marty and Midland and losses to Morningside and Nebraska Wesleyan. Last time out, they lost a non-conference match to McKendree (Ill.) 8-1.
Amy Harms is in her sixth season as the head coach of the Bulldogs women's tennis program. She returns four players off a 2012 team that finished fifth in the GPAC with a 3-4 mark, 7-10 overall.
Junior Katelyn Koll is the top returning player for the Bulldogs, earning first team all-GPAC honors in singles and doubles play last year. Mikaela Barz and Grace Hollenbeck also return after being named all-conference.
Scouting Doane...The Tigers are 1-5 in the GPAC, 5-13 overall with two matches left in the regular season. Last time out, Doane snapped a three-match losing streak, defeating Midland 8-1 Tuesday night.
Pete Fiumefreddo is in his first season as the head coach of the Tigers and inherits a Doane team that finished sixth in the GPAC with a 2-5 record, 3-10 overall.
Junior Allison Pfeifer is one of the top returners for Doane, earning all-conference honors last year in doubles play. Pfeifer holds a 6-10 singles' record, mainly in the #2 and #3 spots, and is 4-12 in doubles play along with partner Jade Patterson. Patterson, also an all-conference pick in 2012, is 5-11 in singles. Freshman Kayla Bamesberger is 6-9 in her first season at Doane, mainly in the #4 spot.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders are currently in third place in the GPAC with a 3-2 league record, 5-8 overall. They can clinch third place and secure the third seed in the upcoming GPAC Championship with two wins this weekend.
Frankie Eszes leads the team with a 7-6 singles' record, 3-2 in league play, in the #1 spot. She is also 3-1 as part of the #1 doubles team along with Terry Odera. Amanda Bueltel is 6-5 in singles play and 4-7 in doubles, playing with partner Hannah Stark. Odera has a 5-4 record at #2 singles while Jami Koens (4-9), Stark (4-9) and Missy Yorchak (4-7) round out the line-up.
Up Next...Northwestern will play its final regular season match at home on Monday, April 27 against Buena Vista.