Fri, May 2 - Sat, May 3
|Venue:||Fremont High School|
Game Time...Northwestern will compete in the 2014 GPAC women's tennis championship this weekend in Fremont, Neb. The Red Raiders are the second seed, earning a first round bye, and will play the winner of the #3 Doane vs #6 Concordia match-up on Friday, May 2 at 4:30pm.
All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series against both opponents this weekend, owning a 9-7 advantage over Concordia and an 11-3 lead over Doane. The Red Raiders defeated Concordia 9-0 and lost to Doane 6-3 in matches played last weekend.
Scouting the Opponents...
#6 Concordia...The Bulldogs lost eight of their last nine matches to close the regular season,earning its only win, a 5-0 forfeit win over Mount Marty last weekend. They finished 2-5 and in sixth place in the GPAC, 2-12 overall. They beat Midland earlier in the year, 7-2.
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 9-4 this season at #1 singles and 3-9 in the top doubles slot with partner Elyse Kohl. Kohl is also a returning starter and is 4-9 playing mainly at the #3 singles spot. Grace Hollenbeck, an honorable mention all-conference pick last year, is 4-8 in singles (#2) and a combined 3-10 in doubles play.
Results vs Concordia from April 26
#1.Frankie Eszes (7-5) def. Katelyn Koll (9-4), 6-1, 6-3
#2. Valerie Robinson (9-2) def. Grace Hollenbeck (4-8), 6-2, 7-5
#3. Hannah Stark (3-9) def. Elyse Kohl (4-9), 6-3, 6-4
#4. Jami Koens (4-3) def. Laura Sattler (0-12), 6-0, 6-0
#5. Amanda Bueltel (8-3) def. Megan Burgdorf (0-10), 6-0, 6-0
#6. Alex Brower (5-4) def. Christine Ruskamp (0-11), 6-1, 6-0
#1. Eszes/Brower (7-5) def. Koll/Kohl (3-9), 8-1
#2. Robinson/Bueltel (8-2) def. Hollenbeck/Sattler, 8-1
#3. Koens/Stark (3-2) def. Ruskamp/Burgdorf (0-6), 8-0
#3 Doane...The Tigers are the #3 seed but finished tied with Northwestern and Nebraska Wesleyan for second in the GPAC at 5-2, 12-5 overall. They have won six straight matches and have not lost since back-to-back setbacks to Nebraska Wesleyan and Morningside at the beginning of April.
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 13-1 record in singles play, going a perfect 11-0 in the fifth slot. She teams with Jade Patterson for a 5-9 record at the #2 doubles spot. Patterson is 9-6 in singles, mainly in the #3 slot. Torey Kogel has a 11-5 record, going 9-2 at the #2 singles slot.
Results vs Doane from April 26
#1. Frankie Eszes (8-5) def. Kendra Ritter (3-8), 6-1, 6-1
#2. Valerie Robinson (9-3) lost to Torey Kogel (11-5), 6-2, 6-1
#3. Hannah Stark (3-10) lost to Jade Patterson (9-6), 6-2, 6-2
#4. Jami Koens (4-4) lost to Lani Brown (7-8), 7-6 (7-6), 6-4
#5. Amanda Bueltel (8-4) lost to Allison Pfeifer (13-1), 6-2, 4-6, 10-7
#6. Alex Brower (6-4) def. Kayla Bamesberger (8-5), 6-1, 6-4
#1. Eszes/Brower (7-6) lost to Ritter/Kogel (7-4), 9-8 (8-6)
#3. Robinson/Bueltel (9-2) def. Patterson/Pfiefer (5-9), 8-5
#4. Stark/Koens (3-3) lost to Brown/Cheyanna Kempel (4-0), 8-2
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders earned the second seed in the six-team GPAC postseason championship after tying both Doane and Nebraska Wesleyan for second in the regular season at 5-2. It marks the best finish for NWC since they finished second in the 2001 and 2002 seasons. Northwestern won the tie-break over Doane and NWU to earn the second seed and receive a first round bye into the semifinals. They are 8-7 overall.
Jeff Guthmiller is in his ninth overall and sixth straight season as the head of the Red Raiders' women's tennis program. He is 68-79 all-time as the head coach, guiding his teams to the postseason in each of the last five years.
Frankie Eszes holds the record for most career wins in singles (36-15) and doubles play (34-18). Eszes was the GPAC player of the year and NAIA All-American in 2012 and has a 9-5 singles record and 8-6, along with partner Alex Brower, in doubles. Sophomore Valerie Robinson leads the team with a 10-3 record at the #2 singles spot, tied for the 10th-most wins in a single season. Robinson and sophomore Amanda Bueltel are 10-2 at #2 doubles, tied for the fourth most wins in a season for doubles. Bueltel is 9-4 in singles' play this year. Brower has a 7-4 record at #6 singles.
Probable line-up: Frankie Eszes (9-5), Valerie Robinson (10-3), Hannah Stark (4-10), Jami Koens (5-4), Amanda Bueltel (9-4), Alex Brower (7-4).
Eszes/Brower (8-6), Robinson/Bueltel (10-2), Stark/Koens (4-3)
Up Next...The winner of the semifinal match will play for the GPAC Championship on Saturday, May 3 at 10am.