OMAHA, Neb. – The Concordia University women’s tennis team has gone about finishing 2017 in positive fashion. After starting out 0-3 in conference play, the Bulldogs have won three-consecutive GPAC matches. In a neutral contest that took place in Omaha on Saturday, Concordia toppled Northwestern, 7-2.
Third-year head coach Joel Reckewey’s squad now stands at 8-11 overall and at 3-3 in the GPAC. Said Reckewey, “We are playing strong and stepping up at every position. They are starting to play their best tennis.”
The Bulldogs won two of three doubles and five of six singles matches over the Red Raiders (6-8, 2-5 GPAC). Winners in singles play were Annie Horn (No. 2), Katelinn Wurm (No. 3), Katie Hertz (No. 4), Kirsten Wagner (No. 5) and Kayla Smock (No. 6). For the second day in a row, Wagner prevailed in a 10-point tiebreaker. Wurm also went to a tiebreaker before claiming victory.
In doubles competition, the combos of Horn and Wagner at No. 2 and Smock and Wurm at No. 3 both triumphed. Alison Ebel and Hertz were partners at No. 1.
In addition to Saturday’s victory over Northwestern, Concordia has made victims of Mount Marty and Midland during its active win streak. Individually, Horn has won 11 singles matches in a row while playing mostly at the No. 2 spot. Horn has not dropped a singles contest since Feb. 24.
The regular season will conclude on Wednesday when the Bulldogs host Hastings (5-7, 5-0 GPAC), the conference leader, at 4 p.m. CT. The GPAC tournament will be held in Fremont, Neb., May 5-6.