Game Time...The Northwestern College women's tennis team heads on the road for two GPAC matches this weekend. The Red Raiders will play Hastings at 4pm on Friday, April 11 and will then play Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, April 12 at 10am.
All-Time...Northwestern is 5-11 all-time against Hastings but has won the last three matches against the Broncos, including both matches played last year. These two teams first met during the 1995 season. Northwestern is 4-10 all-time against Nebraska Wesleyan, dropping 10 straight to the Prairie Wolves.
Scouting Hastings...The Broncos have lost four straight matches to fall to 0-1 in the GPAC, 2-11 overall. They opened conference play with a 9-0 loss to Nebraska Wesleyan on April 5 and have also lost to Grand View, Creighton and Fort Hays State since defeating Kansas Wesleyan.
Roger Sunderman is in his first season as the head coach at Hastings after serving as a high school coach for a number of years. He inherits a Broncos squad that finished the 2013 season tied with Northwestern for fourth place in the GPAC with a 3-4 record, 4-15 overall.
Senior Alexis Parde returns to the Broncos line-up after earning all-conference honors in doubles last year.
Scouting Nebraska Wesleyan...The Prairie Wolves are a perfect 3-0 in the GPAC, 7-8 overall heading into the weekend. They have won five straight matches, earning wins over Concordia Wisconsin, Franklin, Doane, Hastings and Midland.
Rick Harley returns for his 11th season as the head coach of the Nebraska Wesleyan women's and men's tennis programs. He returns four players off a 2013 squad that won both the GPAC regular and postseason titles with a 7-0 record, 13-8 overall.
Senior Hannah Husmann, a first team all-GPAC pick last year, leads the team with a 7-8 singles record, played at the #1-#3 spots. Sophomore Natalie Cech, also a first team all-conference pick last year, is 6-9 in singles play while both Courtney Harder and Addie Litterick have five wins each in singles play.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders opened conference play with a 5-4 loss to Morningside in a match played Thursday night in Orange City. Northwestern is 3-6 overall.
Sophomore Valerie Robinson leads the Red Raiders with a 6-2 singles' record at the #2 spot this season. Robinson, along with doubles partner Amanda Bueltel, sports a 5-2 record at #2 doubles. Frankie Eszes is 4-5 playing in the top singles spot. The junior is currently tied for the most career wins in the program's history, posting a 31-15 overall record. She is tied with Theresa Maly, who went 31-26 from the 1999-2002 seasons. Eszes is also 4-5, along with partner Alex Brower, at #1 doubles, and is just one win shy of matching the career doubles' record, held by Beth Klemz (31-28 from 1999-2002).
Probable line-up: Frankie Eszes (4-5), Valerie Robinson (6-2), Hannah Stark (1-8), Jami Koens (2-2), Amanda Bueltel (5-3) and Alex Brower (2-4).
Doubles: Eszes/Brower (4-5), Robinson/Bueltel (5-2), Stark/Koens (1-1)
Up Next...Northwestern will host Midland in a conference match-up on Wednesday, April 16 at 4pm.