2009 - Tennis schedule/results

10-7 Overall, 5-2 GPAC



Feb. 7

William Jewell

Lincoln, Neb.

L 9-0


Mar. 6

Kansas Wesleyan

Salina, Kan.

W 5-4

Mar. 7

Bethany College

Lindsborg, Kan.

L 9-0

Mar. 24

Doane (non-GPAC)

Crete, Neb.

W 8-1

Mar. 27

CIT - CU Seminary

St. Louis, Mo.

W 9-0

Mar. 27

CU Wisconsin

St. Louis, Mo.

W 5-4


April 1


Fremont, Neb.

W 8-1

April 2


Omaha, Neb.

L 6-3

April 4


Fremont, Neb.

W 8-1

April 8


Seward, Neb.

W 5-4

April 15


Seward, Neb.

W 8-1

April 18

Univ. of Sioux Falls*

Omaha, Neb.

L 8-1

April 18


Omaha, Neb.

W 7-2

April 21

Nebraska Wesleyan*

Lincoln, Neb.

L 7-2

April 23 Nebraska-Omaha Seward, Neb. L 5-4

April 25


Sioux City, Iowa


April 25

Briar Cliff*

Sioux City, Iowa



May 1-2


Fremont, Neb.


May 1

vs. Dordt


W 7-2

May 2 vs. Nebraska Wesleyan   L 5-2

Bold indicates home match
* indicates GPAC match


Bulldog men looking to make noise in 2009

The Concordia University men's tennis team will look to improve on a 5th place GPAC finish from the 2008 season. Standing in their way will be strong Nebraska Wesleyan and University of Sioux Falls teams, along with multiple other improved GPAC teams.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the players develop throughout the season," said head coach Amy Harms. "The addition of two solid freshmen in (Jeremy) Jank and (Ryan) Duerr will increase the level of competition within our team and make us a stronger team overall."

In addition to a challenging GPAC schedule, the non-conference matches will test the Bulldogs as well. They open with William Jewell and then travel to Kansas for three matches, including one against Bethany College, who is undefeated in the KCAC and had a national tournament appearance last season. At the end of March the men will look to repeat as CIT champions in St. Louis.   

The Bulldogs only loss of a team member was the graduation of Travis Sherman who played the No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles position for Concordia. Concordia has added freshman Jeremy Jank and Ryan Duerr with high expectations for both. Jank is expected to compete for the No. 1 singles position with returner Jon Schleicher. Scott Schlesinger and Marcus Herring solidify a deep Bulldog returning roster from 2008 that finished 5-8 overall and 3-4 in the GPAC.

Bulldog women looking to build on 2008 success

After a strong finish in 2008, the Concordia University women's tennis team will look a lot different as they face a challenging schedule in the upcoming season. They will be without three of the players from the lineup last year. "The loss of Erinn (Beckman) at No. 2 will move everyone up in the lineup," says Coach Amy Harms. "The returners are aware of what they will be up against, and I'm confident they will work hard to prepare for that challenge."   

In 2008 the Bulldogs finished 11-4 overall while finishing 6-2 in the GPAC and were a regional finalist. With the losses of Erinn Beckmann, Leah Koopman and Jess Svajhart, the Bulldogs will look to replace them with top returners Hannah Krueger, Heather Jackson and Taylor Cook.

With some questions marks still remaining for many of the GPAC teams and an expected top team in Nebraska Wesleyan, the race in the conference could be wide open.

Bulldogs victorious in Missouri

27-28 MAR 2009

The Concordia University tennis teams had a successful weekend in Missouri as the men captured the 2009 Concordia Invitational Tournament championship while the women took two single matches from perennially strong teams.

The Bulldog men played through an adjusted schedule for the Concordia Invitational Tournament but cruised in the opening round, 9-0 over the Concordia Seminary, to set up a matchup with Concordia University Wisconsin. The Bulldogs had to fight off three tiebreakers but were able to hold on for a 5-4 victory over the Falcons to claim the title.

Concordia's women had a much less dramatic weekend as the Bulldogs took matches from Maryville (Mo.) 9-0, and Webster (Mo.) 8-1. The Friday afternoon match with Lindenwood was rained out.

Next action for the Bulldogs comes Wednesday, April 1, as Concordia travels to Fremont, Neb., as both the women and men will take on the Midland Lutheran College Warriors. The match is set to begin at 4 p.m. at Fremont High School.

Bulldogs take down Warriors

1 APR 2009

The Concordia University men's tennis team had a dominating start to the 2009 GPAC season with an 8-1 defeat of the Midland Lutheran College Warriors Wednesday afternoon in Fremont, Neb.

Concordia cruised in the singles, taking all five matches. Jeremy Jank won the No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-2 for the Bulldogs over Ethan Stout. Jon Schleicher defeated Evan Hoisington 6-2, 6-2. Scott Schlesinger defeated CJ Anderson 6-0, 6-2. Ryan Duerr defeated Luke Borst 6-0, 6-4. Marcus Herring defeated Cole Gore 6-0, 6-0, and Tim Meyer defeated Reese Forang 6-2, 6-0.

In doubles action the Bulldogs were victorious in Nos. 2 and 3 doubles action.  Concordia's combo of Duerr and Herring defeated Anderson and Borst 8-1 while Schlesinger and Kaldahl defeated Gore and Forang 8-0. The only setback of the afternoon came in the battle of the No. 1s when Concordia's Jank and Schleicher were defeated 8-6 by Stout and Hoisington.

Next action for the Bulldogs comes April 2 as Concordia travels to Omaha, Neb., to take on the University of Nebraska-Omaha, a NCAA Div. II opponent.

Bulldogs sneak past Broncos

8 APR 2009

The Concordia University men's tennis team eked out a 5-4 victory over the Hastings College Broncos Wednesday afternoon in Seward, Neb.

The most competitive match of the day was in the No. 1 singles match as Hastings' Will Hotz defeated Concordia's Jeremy Jank in a tiebreaker. Hotz took set one, 7-5, before Jank came back to win set two 6-4. Hotz finished the match with a 10-6 victory in the tiebreaker.

The Broncos' Tyler Benson cruised past Concordia's Jon Schleicher 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles action. The Bulldogs' Scott Schlesinger picked up the first victory for Concordia 6-1, 4-6,10-8  over Travis Bronson in No. 3 singles. In No. 4 singles, Hastings' Chris Ondrey defeated Concordia's Marcus Herrings 6-4, 6-7,12-10. Concordia picked up two victories in No.5 singles, when Ryan Duerr defeated Grant Nagaki and   in No. 6 singles, as Kyle Winter defeated Andrew Huber.

In doubles action the team of Hotz and Benson defeated Concordia's tandem of Jank and Schleicher 8-3. The Bulldogs secured the team victory, winning the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles contests, as the teams of Schlesinger and Kaldahl along with Herring and Winter defeated the Broncos' teams 8-6 and 8-5 respectively.

The Bulldogs are now 7-3 overall and 3-0 in the GPAC. Hastings falls to 3-7 overall and 1-1 in the GPAC. Next action for the Bulldogs comes April 15, when the Tigers of Doane College come to Seward, Neb., for a match set to begin at 4 p.m.

Bulldogs end season at GPAC tournament

1-2 MAY 2009

The major rival of both the men and women, Nebraska Wesleyan, ended the Bulldogs season in second round of the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament this past weekend. The Concordia men fell 5-2 in the second round to the Prairie Wolves after defeating Dordt in the opening round 7-2. The Bulldog women fell 5-1 to Nebraska Wesleyan in the second round after having an opening round bye.

The Bulldog men began the tournament with a convincing victory over the Dordt College defenders 7-2. The doubles play opened the match with the tandem of Jonathan Schleicher and Jeremy Jank winning in number one doubles 8-2 and the team of Marcus Herring and Kyle Winter winning in number three doubles 8-5. The team of Scott Schlesinger and Kyle Kaldahl was defeated 9-7 in number two doubles.

Holding a 2-1 advantage after doubles play Concordia went on to win five of the six singles matches as Jank, Schlesinger, Herring, Ryan Duerr and Tim Meyer all picked up victories as Schleicher was the only defeat at number two singles.

In the semi final matchup with Nebraska Wesleyan the Bulldogs held a 2-1 lead after doubles play with Schleicher and Jank winning 8-4 in number one doubles and Kyle Winter and Ryan Duerr winning 8-5 in number three doubles. Schlesinger and Kaldahl were defeated number two doubles 8-0. Nebraska Wesleyan then won four straight matches in singles play to take the victory.

The Bulldog women as the number two seed earned a first round bye setting up a second round matchup with Nebraska Wesleyan. The Prairie Wolves took two of the three doubles matches with the team of Hannah Krueger and Taylor Cook being victorious in number one doubles 8-3. Nebraska Wesleyan then won three straight singles matches to take the overall match 5-1 to eliminate the Bulldogs.