Game Time...Northwestern College closes its regular season with a pair of road matches this weekend against Doane and Concordia. The Red Raiders will match-up against Doane on Friday afternoon, April 21, at 4pm in Crete, Neb. and will return to action on Saturday morning, April 22, against Concordia in Seward, Neb.
All-Time...Northwestern is 14-5 all-time against Doane but just 2-3 in its last five matches against the Tigers. The Red Raiders are 10-8 all-time against Concordia, dating back to the 1995 season, 3-2 over their last five matches.
Last Five vs Doane (14-5 since 1998)
2016: 5-4 loss
2015: 6-3 win
2015: 5-1 win (GPAC quarters)
2014: 6-3 loss
2014: 5-2 loss
Last Five vs Concordia (10-8 since 1995)
2016: 6-3 loss
2015: 8-1 win
2014: 9-0 win
2013: 7-2 loss
2012: 6-3 win
Doane University: 4-1 (2nd), 5-10 overall Head Coach: Seth Harris (1st)
The Tigers had their four-match win streak snapped last time out, falling to Hastings 5-4 in a match-up between two unbeaten teams in the GPAC. Doane trails the Broncos by one match in the current GPAC standings with two to play (vs NW and Morningside). They own an even 5-5 record this spring.
Coach Harris is in his first season as the Tigers' head coach and inherits a team that returns five starters from a 2016 team that tied for third in the GPAC with a 5-3 record, 11-9 overall. They lost to Nebraska Wesleyan in the GPAC semi's last spring.
Ashley Zaeske is one of the top players returning, earning first team all-GPAC honors at No.2 singles last year. Both Morgan Meyer and Cheyanna Kempel were all-GPAC selections and also return from last year. Meyer and doubles partner, Ellie Bender, earned all-conference honors in doubles.
Concordia University: 1-3 (7th), 6-11 overall Head Coach: Joel Reckeway (2nd)
The Bulldogs are seventh in the current GPAC standings with a 1-3 record, 6-11 overall with three matches left in the regular season. They close with matches against Midland (Friday night), Northwestern (Saturday) and conference leader, Hastings, on April 26. Concordia finished March with an impressive 5-1 record but has gone 1-3 since.
Joel Reckeway is in his second year as the Bulldogs women's and men's tennis coach, arriving last year after a successful stint at Lincoln Christian High School. Reckeway returns four starters in singles, five in doubles, from a 2016 team that tied for third place in the GPAC at 5-3, 8-15 overall.
Kayla Smock returns as the top player, earning all-conference honors last year. Alison Ebel, Annie Horn and Katelinn Wurm also are back after staring in singles play.
Northwestern College: 2-3 (T5th), 6-6 overall Head Coach: Jeff Guthmiller (12th year)
Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, Northwestern is tied with College of Saint Mary for fifth place in the GPAC, 6-6 overall. They do own the tie-break by defeating the Flames 5-4 earlier this month.
Yemisi Ayeni: 9-3
Zoe Holscher: 8-4
Kendra McGinnis: 7-5
McKayla Johnson: 2-8
Emma Van Drie: 4-7
Kelly Shortenhaus: 5-7
McGinnis/Van Drie: 6-5
Johnson/Alli Derr: 2-2
Senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.
Sophomore from Nebraska City, Neb.
Freshman from Buffalo Center, Iowa
Freshman from Minooka, Ill.
Freshman from Scottsbluff, Neb.
Freshman from San Diego, Calif.