Schedule note: @ Fremont, Neb.
Schedule note: Game will be played at Midland University, Fremont, Neb.
Game Time...Northwestern College plays Hastings in a GPAC women's tennis match beginning at 2:00pm in Fremont, Neb. (originally scheduled to be played in Orange City). The Red Raiders are 2-1 in conference play, 4-7 overall while Hastings is 0-1 in the GPAC, 1-11 overall.
All-Time...Northwestern is 3-11 all-time against the Broncos, dating back to the 1998 season. Last year, the Red Raiders defeated Hastings 5-4 and snapped a 10-match losing streak against the Broncos.
Scouting Hastings...The Broncos have dropped nine straight matches and own a 1-11 record heading into Friday's match. They are 0-1 in the GPAC, losing to #25 Nebraska Wesleyan 8-1 on April 6. Most recently, Hastings has dropped matches to Colorado Christian, Colorado College and Southwestern College.
Comron Yazdgerdi is in his fifth season as the head coach of both the women's and men's programs. He returns seven players off a 2012 squad that finished fourth in the GPAC with a 4-3 record, 7-9 overall. They lost to Nebraska Wesleyan in the GPAC semi's.
Senior Brooke Steele returns after earning first team all-GPAC honors in both singles and doubles play. Ellie Clinch also returns as the top singles player, earning first team all-GPAC honors. Rachel Steffen and Sarah Zach were named honorable mention accolades in doubles play.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders are 2-1 in league play, earning wins over Mount Marty and Midland while losing to #25 Nebraska Wesleyan. Northwestern is 4-7 overall.
Frankie Eszes leads the Red Raiders with a 6-5 singles record, playing in the #1 spot. The 2012 GPAC player of the year and NAIA All-American ranks in the top 10 in career wins. Amanda Bueltel is 5-4 in singles play and 4-5 in doubles, along with parter Hannah Stark. Stark is 4-7 playing in the #4 singles spot.
Up Next...Northwestern is scheduled to host Buena Vista University on Monday, April 22 at 4pm.