Koll remains unbeaten in GPAC play; Bulldogs suffer 8-1 loss

Koll remains unbeaten in GPAC play; Bulldogs suffer 8-1 loss

SEWARD, Neb. – Blustery weather made for less-than-ideal conditions on Wednesday evening as Nebraska Wesleyan cruised to an 8-1 victory over the Concordia University women’s tennis team. The Bulldogs got their lone victory from Katelyn Koll, who defended her unblemished GPAC singles record.

Concordia slipped to 1-10 overall and 1-3 in conference action.

Koll moved to 4-0 in GPAC singles matches by taking care of the Prairie Wolves’ Hannah Husmann, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 1. Now 15-3 in GPAC singles contests since the start of her sophomore year, Koll adjusted to the wind and was her usual dominant self.

“Today was a little rough, especially with the wind and everything,” Koll said. “I just tried to figure out how to play the wind and she had her up and down game. It was kind of rough trying to figure out how to play against her but overall it came out pretty good.”

Since a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Mount Marty’s Vanessa Rockne on April 13, 2013, Koll (Wilber, Neb.) has rattled off nine-straight singles wins against GPAC opponents. She even avenged the defeat to Rockne by topping her in last year’s conference tournament.

With two more regular-season conference matches remaining, Koll has set her sights on staying unbeaten.

“I’m hoping that I can pull all of them out and hopefully get player of the year finally,” Koll said.

The rest of Wednesday’s matches went in favor of Nebraska Wesleyan (8-9, 4-1 GPAC), a perennial GPAC women’s tennis power. The Prairie Wolves did not lose a set other than the ones won by Koll. They were especially dominant at the 4, 5 and 6 singles spots where they did not drop a single game.

After Koll at the top, Concordia’s singles lineup included No. 2 Grace Hollenbeck, No. 3 Elyse Kohl, No. 4 Laura Sattler, No. 5 Megan Burgdorf and No. 6 Christine Ruskamp.

The Bulldogs are off for the Easter weekend and will return to action on Wednesday, April 23 at Hastings (2-13, 0-3 GPAC). Concordia will be at home one more time this season – Monday, April 28 versus Mount Marty.

16 April 2014

NE Wesleyan 8, Concordia 1 »

Junior Elyse Kohl