Game Time...Northwestern College resumes it tennis season this weekend as they play a Concordia and Doane in a pair of GPAC matches on Saturday, April 26. The Red Raiders will Concordia at 11am, followed by a match against Doane at 3pm. Both matches will be played in Omaha, Neb.
All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series against both opponents this weekend, owning an 8-7 advantage over Concordia and an 11-2 lead over Doane. The Red Raiders lost to Concordia (7-2) and Doane (5-4) last year.
Concordia...The Bulldogs have lost seven straight matches since earning its only win of the season, a 7-2 victory over Midland on March 29. Concordia is tied for fifth in the GPAC with a 1-4 record, 1-11 overall. Most recently, they lost to Doane (8-1), Nebraska Wesleyan (8-1) and Hastings (5-2).
James Ingrahm is in his second season as the head coach of both the women's and men's tennis programs. He returns three players off a 2013 team that finished third in the GPAC with a 5-2 record, 12-7 overall.
Senior Katelyn Koll returns for her final season after earning first team all-conference honors the last two years in singles and doubles play. Koll is 9-3 this season at #1 singles and 3-8 in the top doubles slot with partner Elyse Kohl. Kohl is also a returning starter and is 4-8 playing mainly at the #3 singles spot. Grace Hollenbeck, an honorable mention all-conference pick last year, is 4-7 in singles (#2) and a combined 3-9 in doubles play.
Doane...The Tigers have won four straight matches heading into the weekend, defeating Midland, Hastings, Concordia in league play and also earning a 6-3 win over Baker in a non-conference match. Doane is currently in fourth place in the GPAC with a 3-2 record, 10-5 overall.
Pete Fiumefreddo is in his second season as the head coach of both the women's and men's tennis program. He guided the Tigers to a sixth place finish in the GPAC last year, going 2-5 in the league and 6-12 overall.
Allison Pfeifer leads the team with a 12-1 record in singles play, going a perfect 10-0 in the fifth slot. She teams with Jade Patterson for a 5-8 record at the #2 doubles spot. Patterson is 8-6 in singles, mainly in the #3 slot. Torey Kogel has a 10-5 record, going 8-2 at the #2 singles slot.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders have had several matches postponed/canceled of late and have not played in a match since sweeping Hastings and Nebraska Wesleyan on April 11-12. They are in third place in the GPAC with a 2-1 league record, 5-6 overall.
Junior Frankie Eszes became the program's all-time wins leader in both singles and doubles play last time out and owns a 6-5 record at the #1 singles and #1 doubles. Valerie Robinson leads the team with an 8-2 record and teams with Amanda Bueltel for a 7-2 record at #2 doubles.
Line-up: Frankie Eszes (6-5), Valerie Robinson (8-2), Hannah Stark (2-9), Jami Koens (3-3), Amanda Bueltel (7-3) and Alex Brower (4-4)
Eszes/Brower (6-5), Robinson/Bueltel (7-2) and Koens/Stark (2-2)
Up Next...Northwestern is scheduled to host Midland on Monday, April 28, followed by a home match on Wednesday, April 30 in Orange City.