2014 - Tennis schedule/results

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Men: 9-8 Overall, 3-2 GPAC; Women: 2-13 Overall, 2-5 GPAC

FEBRUARY

Feb. 23 Simpson College (M) (at Woods Tennis Center) Lincoln, Neb. W, 5-4
Feb. 28 (11) Bethany College (M) Seward, Neb. L, 0-9

MARCH

March 1 Tabor College (M) Seward, Neb. W, 5-4
March 1 Tabor College (W) Seward, Neb. L, 3-6
March 4 Baker University (M) Baldwin City, Kan. CANCELED
March 4 Baker University (W) Baldwin City, Kan. CANCELED
March 26 Doane College (M) Seward, Neb. W, 9-0
March 26 Doane College (W) Seward, Neb. L, 3-6
March 27 Bethany College (W) Seward, Neb. L, 1-8
March 28 Bethany College (W) Seward, Neb. L, 4-5
March 29 Midland University* (M) Fremont, Neb. W, 8-1
March 29 Midland University* (W) Fremont, Neb. W, 7-2
March 29 Morningside College* (M) Fremont, Neb. W, 5-4
March 29 Morningside College* (W) Fremont, Neb. L, 2-7

APRIL

April 1 Bethel College (M) North Newton, Kan. L, 1-8
April 1 Bethel College (W) North Newton, Kan. L, 0-9
Concordia Invitational: April 4-5
April 4 Concordia University, Wisconsin (M) St. Louis, Mo. L, 4-5
April 5 Concordia Seminary (Mo.) (M) St. Louis, Mo. W, 9-0
April 5 Greenville College (M) St. Louis, Mo. W, 5-4
April 8 University of Nebraska-Kearney (M) Kearney, Neb. L, 0-9
April 8 University of Nebraska-Kearney (W) Kearney, Neb. L, 0-9
April 10 Doane College* (M) Crete, Neb. W, 5-4
April 10 Doane College* (W) Crete, Neb. L, 1-8
April 11 Grand View University (M) Des Moines, Iowa L, 3-5
April 11 Grand View University (W) Des Moines, Iowa L, 1-8
April 15 Nebraska Wesleyan University* (M) Seward, Neb. L, 0-9
April 16 Nebraska Wesleyan University* (W) Seward, Neb. L, 1-8
April 23 Hastings College* (W) Hastings, Neb. L, 2-5
April 24 Hastings College* (M) Hastings, Neb. L, 0-9
April 26 Northwestern College* (W) (at Koch Tennis Ctr.) Omaha, Neb. L, 0-9
April 28 Mount Marty College* (W) Seward, Neb. W (Withdraw)

MAY

GPAC Tournament: May 2-3 at Fremont, Neb.
May 2 Midland University (M - Quarterfinals) Fremont, Neb. W, 8-1
May 2 Doane College (W - Quarterfinals) Fremont, Neb. L, 1-8
May 2 Neb. Wesleyan University (M - Semifinals) Fremont, Neb. L, 1-5

 
* - GPAC Conference Game

% - GPAC Tournament   

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2014 Men's Tennis Roster

Name Year Hometown

Previous School

Jonathan Douglas

Jr. Fenton, Mo. Rockwood Summit
Patricio Esquivel Fr. Morelia, Mexico

ITESM Morelia

Logan Gates Jr. Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Southwest 

Jonathan Heckman Jr. Canton, S.D.

Homeschool 

Joel Kaldahl Sr. Spencer, Iowa

Spencer

Mike McCartney Sr. Davenport, Iowa

Davenport North

Javier Moreno Fr. Morelia, Mexico

ITESM Morelia

Nathan Wingfield Sr.  Greendale, Wis. 

Concordia-Chicago

Philip Yox

Fr. Mount Pleasant, Texas Mount Pleasant

2014 Women's Tennis Roster

Name Year Hometown

Previous School

Megan Burgdorf Jr. Arlington, Texas

 

Grace Hollenbeck Jr. Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Denver Lutheran 

Elyse Kohl

Jr. Lincoln, Neb. Lincoln North Star
Katelyn Koll Sr. Wilber, Neb.

Wilber-Clatonia

Christine Ruskamp

Jr. Auburn, Neb. Johnson-Brock
Laura Sattler So. East Troy, Wis.

East Troy

2014 Coaching Staff

Graduate Assistant: James Ingrahm

Bulldog tennis unveils revamped lineups in season-opening weekend

LINCOLN, Neb. – Year one of Concordia University tennis under head coach Joel Reckewey got underway Friday afternoon at the Abbott Sports Complex in Lincoln, Neb. Up against solid non-conference competition, both the Bulldog men and women fell at the hands of Southwestern College (M – 7-2, W – 7-2) on Friday and then Grand View University (M – , W – 5-4) on Saturday.

While both squads went 0-2 on the weekend, Reckewey says his team competed better than what the scores indicated.

“We faced very talented opponents on both the men’s and women’s sides,” Reckewey said. “Both had very deep lineups with lots of experience. I thought we competed really well. I don’t think the overall scores reflected the way we played. A lot of matches were closer than what the team scores reflected.”

On the women’s side, Reckewey inserted the freshman duo of Alison Ebel and Annie Horn at the top of the singles lineup. Horn captured one of the team’s two singles wins over Grand View. She defeated Angela Nims, 6-1, 6-0, at the No. 2 spot.

While Ebel went 0-2 at No. 1, Reckewey liked what he saw from the Billings, Mont., native, who got her first taste of collegiate tennis as part of a revamped lineup.

“Alison handled herself really well,” Reckewey said. “It’s tough spot for a freshman to play at No. 1 singles right away. She lost the first set 6-1 against Southwestern, but she didn’t role over. She showed a lot of fight. We had a lot of new players show character. Down the road I think they’re going to surprise some people.”

At No. 2 doubles, Horn teamed with senior Grace Hollenbeck for a perfect 2-0 weekend. Reckewey says the two have gelled quickly as a combo.

An additional highlight for the women was senior Elyse Kohl’s win at No. 5 singles over Jerlecia Thompson. Kohl dropped the first set but rallied back for the victory (3-6, 7-5, 10-2).

Meanwhile, the men broke in a new No. 1 singles player on Saturday with Daniel Apacible holding down the top spot versus Grand View. Reckewey also used four-year soccer player Brendan Buchanan in the No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles positions.

Senior Jonathan Douglas turned in the best results, winning 8-3 at No. 4 singles after teaming with Apacible on an 8-3 triumph at No. 3 doubles in the 7-2 loss to Southwestern.

Morelia, Mexico, natives Patricio Esquivel and Javier Moreno are again key components of the Bulldog lineup. Esquivel fell just short of claiming a win at No. 3 singles in his bout with Southwestern’s Devon Leone.

The Bulldog women’s squad returns to action on Friday, Feb. 27 when it hosts College of Saint Mary. Both the men and women will take the courts inside the Walz Fieldhouse on Feb. 28. Tabor College will serve as the opponent for both matches.

Reckewey collects first career coaching victory in 9-0 win over CSM

SEWARD, Neb. – After a layoff of nearly two weeks, the Concordia University women’s tennis team returned to action on Friday evening and recorded its first win of the season. The Bulldogs dominated visiting College of Saint Mary, 9-0, in a match held inside the Walz Fieldhouse.

The victory was the first in the collegiate head coaching career of Concordia’s Joel Reckewey, who was named to his post in April 2014. The Bulldogs are now 1-2 overall.

Reckewey liked the way his team responded in its third outing of the young season.

“I think the team played real well. Being our first home match, the team was really looking forward to it,” Reckewey said. “We had an off week so we had some time to prepare. I thought the girls came out and played some good tennis right from the start. I was really pleased.”

A lineup that once again included four freshmen featured Annie Horn at the top. After playing at No. 2 in her first two career matches, the native of Denver, Colo., moved up a spot and earned a 6-3, 6-0 win over the Flames’ Alyse Lysgaard. Horn also teamed up with senior Grace Hollenbeck for a dominant 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles.

“The first couple matches I played No. 2 singles and that really helped get my confidence up,” Horn said. “Even getting to play just one spot down helped with my rallies. Today was my first match playing at No. 1 singles. My confidence was there and it worked out.”

At No. 5 singles, Hannah Boe claimed a hard fought, 9-8 (6), tie-break win over Sydney Svehla. Afterwards, Reckewey commended Boe for her toughness in a tight match.

“She really had to overcome some challenges but ended up getting the job done,” Reckewey said of Boe. “It was really good how she showed the team she would never quit and never give up. She earned it.”

The rest of the victorious singles lineup included Hollenbeck at No. 2, Elyse Kohl at No. 3, Emily Meisinger at No. 4 and Amanda VonSeggern at No. 6. At No. 2 doubles, Kohl and Meisinger swept away Mirtha Gutierrez and Kenzie Hyde, 8-0.

The Flames, now 1-6 overall, are a member of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference. They will become the 12th member of the GPAC beginning with the 2015-16 season.

The Bulldogs turn around quickly to host Tabor College as part of a men’s and women’s doubleheader set to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Both the Bluejay men and women entered Friday matches at Doane with records of 0-1.

Men win, women fall in tennis doubleheader with Tabor

SEWARD, Neb. – In a home men’s and women’s tennis doubleheader with Tabor College held inside the Fieldhouse on Saturday, the Concordia men dominated in a 9-0 win while the women dropped a 6-3 decision. The contest marked the home opener for the men, who are now 1-2 overall. Meanwhile, the women, who defeated College of Saint Mary, 9-0, on Friday night, moved to 1-3.

First-year head coach Joel Reckewey liked the attitude displayed by the men, who won every single set over the Bluejays of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

“I feel good about the way we came out in our home opener,” Reckewey said of the men’s performance. “Our guys were really prepared to play and looking forward to it. They had intensity from the get go and were ready to be at their best.”

Sophomore Javier Moreno picked up his first career win in the No. 1 singles position with a snappy 6-2, 6-0 win over Harry Faber. That effort came on the heels of an impressive doubles display that saw Concordia relinquish just a combined five games to Tabor.

The duo of Daniel Apacible and Jonathan Douglas at No. 2 doubles were near perfect in an 8-0 win over Jared Friesen and Stephen Wilson.

“We really got great performances from everybody,” Reckewey said. “Our doubles teams were clicking and guys were doing a great job communicating. You can see how they get along well and play well together.”

At No. 4 singles, Douglas moved to 2-1 on the season with his 6-1, 6-3 victory over Wilson. Apacible (No. 2) and Patricio Esquivel (No. 3) both won pro sets and Jonathan Heckman (No. 5) and Philip Yox (No. 6) made it a clean sweep throughout the singles lineup with victories of their own.

The women got the day started with first serve at 9 a.m. in a match that ended up going down to the wire. Senior Grace Hollenbeck fought back from a 3-0 deficit in the second set to claim a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 2 singles, putting the team score at 4-3 in favor of Tabor at the time.

The Bluejays clinched the team victory at No. 3 singles in a drawn-out battle between Concordia’s Elyse Kohl and Tabor’s Becky Faber. After Faber won 6-0 in the first set, Kohl rebounded with a 6-4 win in the second to force a 10-point tiebreaker that went the way of Tabor, 10-4.

“The women had a very challenging match,” Reckewey said. “I’m very proud of the effort. Their No. 1 is very good and they have a deep team. We competed well and almost put ourselves in position to win. Overall I was impressed with how we played.”

Concordia freshman Emily Meisinger breezed to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Kiana Fujioka at No. 5 singles. Meisinger also paired up with Kohl for an 8-6 victory at No. 2 doubles. That gave the Bulldogs a fighting chance after Tabor claimed wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles.

Both Bulldog tennis squads will return to action next Saturday when they host Baker University, a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. First serve is set for 9 a.m. from the Walz Fieldhouse.

Tennis squads fall to Baker in home contests

SEWARD, Neb. – Home for the second-straight Saturday, the Concordia University tennis squads returned to action in a men’s and women’s doubleheader with non-conference foe, Baker University of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Head coach Joel Reckewey’s women dropped a 6-3 decision while the men fell by an 8-1 score in matches held inside the Walz Fieldhouse.

Overall, the men are 1-3 and the women are 1-4.

In the women’s match, Concordia senior Grace Hollenbeck remained unbeaten at No. 2 singles (3-0) with her 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Holly Chestnut. As part of a perfect day, Hollenbeck teamed up with freshman Annie Horn on an 8-2 doubles victory at the No. 1 position. Concordia’s other win came from freshman Emily Meisinger, who recorded an 8-4 decision over Abby Kaff.

Reckewey again used a youthful lineup of five newcomers on Saturday. The singles lineup also included freshmen in Horn (No. 1), Alison Ebel (No. 3), Hannah Boe (No. 5) and Amanda VonSeggern (No. 6).

In the match that followed, the No. 2 doubles combo of Daniel Apacible and Jonathan Douglas emerged with the only Bulldog win of the afternoon. Apacible and Douglas are now 3-1 this season as a tandem.

The Concordia men’s singles lineup featured sophomore Javier Moreno (No. 1), juniors Daniel Apacible (No. 2) and Jonathan Douglas (No. 3), seniors Jonathan Heckman (No. 4) and Brendan Buchanan (No. 5) and sophomore Philip Yox (No. 6).

Both Bulldog tennis teams will break until playing at Doane on Thursday, March 26.

Tennis completes weekend in Kansas

The Concordia University tennis teams returned to action on Friday and Saturday in the state of Kansas after a layoff of nearly three weeks between varsity matches. In men’s and women’s doubleheaders that took place at NCAA Division II Washburn University and NAIA-affiliated Ottawa University, the Bulldog men split their two matches while the women went 0-2 on the weekend.

Overall, first-year head coach Joel Reckewey’s squads are now 2-4 on the men’s side and 1-6 on the women’s side.

After a 9-0 defeat at Washburn, the Concordia men regrouped with a 5-4 win over Ottawa on Saturday. The doubles combo of Daniel Apacible and Jonathan Douglas improved to 4-2 this season with an 8-4 win over the Braves pair of Brandon Edwards and Brenson Vile. Concordia, which gained a 2-1 advantage after doubles play, got singles wins from Daniel Apacible (6-3, 6-2) at No. 2, Brendan Buchanan (7-5, 6-0) at No. 5 and by default at No. 6.

On the flip side, the Bulldogs women’s two wins in the 7-2 team defeat at Ottawa both came by default. Senior Grace Hollenbeck and company also fell by a 9-0 score at Washburn the previous day.

The Bulldogs now look forward to the start of conference play on Thursday, April 9 when Doane (1-4 women; 4-2 men) visit Seward. First serve is set for 4 p.m. on the campus outdoor tennis courts.

Tennis squads drop conference opener at Morningside

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Due to a rain out on Thursday, both Concordia University tennis squads opened the conference season a day later than expected. On Friday the Bulldogs dropped matches played in Sioux City, Iowa. The women fell, 6-3, and the men were dealt a 7-2 defeat at the hands of the Mustangs.

Overall, head coach Joel Reckewey’s Bulldogs own records of 2-5 on the men’s side and 1-7 on the women’s side.

Up against the defending GPAC champion, the Concordia women gave Morningside (8-3, 1-0 GPAC) a significant push. Freshman Annie Horn enjoyed a 2-0 day (No. 1 singles/doubles) in keeping the match tight. Freshman Emily Meisinger (5-3) also picked up a win (6-4, 6-2) at No. 4 singles over Kathryn Jones.

“I’m extremely proud of the women,” Reckewey said. “We had some good wins at No. 1 doubles and 1 and 4 singles. Considering Morningside was last year’s conference champion, it was a good showing. Two matches went to 10-point tiebreakers, so we were right there. This should show the girls that they are capable of having a successful season.”

Horn, now 2-4 this season when playing at No. 1 singles, drew praise from her head coach. Said Reckewey, “Annie at No. 1 was a star. She really played well.”

The Mustang women have now won eight-consecutive conference matches. Last season they ran through GPAC action with a perfect 7-0 mark.

On the men’s side, the Bulldogs got wins from Patricio Esquivel (No. 3 singles) and from the No. 2 doubles pair of Daniel Apacible and Jonathan Douglas. The duo of Apacible and Douglas improved to 5-2 (4-0 at No. 2 doubles) on the season. Concordia also had a fighting chance at No. 1 singles, a spot held down by Javier Moreno. The native of Morelia, Mexico, was unable to finish his match after landing awkwardly in the second set.

Although Concordia dropped seven of the nine matches, many of the losses were closely contested. Reckewey saw progress in his group of six that took the court on Friday afternoon.

“The men competed well. The match was a lot more competitive than the team result indicates,” Reckewey said. “Three matches had split sets. I like the way we played and how we were putting ourselves in position to win.”

The Bulldogs will play host for the first time in conference play when Midland (men: 7-5, 1-0 GPAC; women: 5-8, 0-1 GPAC) visits Seward on Saturday for a men’s and women’s doubleheader on the Concordia University outdoor courts. First serve is set for 10 a.m.

Bulldog women earn first GPAC win; men fall in home matches with Midland

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia University women’s tennis team got a boost of confidence via a 7-2 victory over Midland University on Saturday in the GPAC home opener for both Bulldog tennis squads. The Concordia men fell by a 6-3 decision to the Warriors.

First-year head coach Joel Reckewey’s women bumped their records to 2-7 overall and 1-1 in conference action. Meanwhile, the Bulldog men slipped to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in GPAC play.

For the women, Annie Horn, Elyse Kohl, Emily Meisinger and Hannah Boe each had perfect 2-0 records on the day. A freshman from Denver, Colo., Horn moved to 2-0 at No. 1 singles since the start of conference action. On Saturday she defeated Whitney Schutt, 6-3, 6-2. Meisinger, another rookie, also ran her conference singles record to 2-0 by way of her 8-0 blanking of Becca Bartlett.

In doubles, the No. 1 combo of Hollenbeck and Horn (6-3) continues to jell. They teamed up on an 8-4 victory over Becca Walker and Jordane Warkentin. The Bulldogs swept their way through the three doubles matches.

On the men’s side, Concordia sophomore Patricio Esquivel won for the second-straight day at No. 3 singles. He bested Logan Meisinger, 6-0, 6-3, on Saturday. Freshman Philp Yox turned in the Bulldogs’ other singles victory by edging Ryder Ross in a bout that went to a 10-point tiebreaker.

In the first-ever pairing of senior Brendan Buchanan and freshman Preston Rupple, Concordia came out on top, 8-6, at the No. 3 doubles position.

The Midland men are now 8-5 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Warrior women are 5-9 overall and 0-2 in GPAC action.

The Bulldogs return to the courts on Tuesday when they travel to play GPAC rival Nebraska Wesleyan (men: 2-15, 0-2 GPAC; women: 8-9, 3-0 GPAC). First serve is set for 4 p.m. from Lincoln, Neb.

Bulldog men down Prairie Wolves; Meisinger remains perfect in GPAC play

LINCOLN, Neb. – In men’s and women’s tennis action hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan, the Bulldog men claimed a 6-3 victory while the women fell for the first time in conference play, dropping an identical 6-3 decision on Tuesday evening in Lincoln, Neb. The Bulldog men won despite the absence of No. 1 player Javier Moreno. Meanwhile, freshman Emily Meisinger stayed perfect at No. 4 singles since the start of GPAC action.

Head coach Joel Reckewey’s squads now sport overall records of 3-6 (1-2 GPAC) on the men’s side and 2-8 (2-1 GPAC) on the women’s side.

Junior Daniel Apacible, who played up a spot for the second-straight match, got victories at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-3) and at No. 1 doubles (8-1), along with partner Brendan Buchanan. Reckewey liked the way his team rose to the occasion with several guys competing in unfamiliar positions.

“Our men really stepped up being down a team member,” Reckewey said. “They were called upon to move up and play at higher positions. They came to play and performed very well.”

Three other Bulldogs claimed singles victories: senior Jonathan Douglas (5-7, 7-6, 10-3 at No. 3), Buchanan (7-5, 6-2) at No. 4 and sophomore Philip Yox (6-2, 6-0). In addition, Douglas and freshman Preston Rupple paired on an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles in helping take down the Prairie Wolves (2-16, 0-3 GPAC).

The biggest highlight on the women’s side was the play of Meisinger, who improved to 3-0 in conference singles matches and 7-3 overall. The native of York, Neb., breezed to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Jaime Bridges.

“I’m really proud of Emily. She just keeps winning,” Reckewey said. “I thought the other girls competed really well. Hannah (Boe) got her first conference win, which was good to see.”

First-place Nebraska Wesleyan (9-9, 4-0 GPAC) won four of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches. The Bulldog combo of Meisinger and senior Elyse Kohl clipped Bridges and Jennifer Heywood for a 9-7 win at No. 2 doubles.

The week on the road continues on Wednesday when the Bulldogs take on NCAA Division II University of Nebraska-Kearney in a men’s and women’s doubleheader set for a 4 p.m. first serve in Kearney. The Loper men are 17-2 overall while the women are 17-4.

Esquivel tabbed GPAC player of the week

SEWARD, Neb. – A perfect 2-0 start to conference singles action boosted sophomore Patricio Esquivel to GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Tennis Player of the Week accolades. The honor is the first such award in the young career of Esquivel.

Despite a pair of team losses to begin GPAC play, Esquivel claimed victims in Morningside’s Hunter Renn (6-4, 6-4) and Midland’s Logan Meisinger (6-0, 6-3) at No. 3 singles. Those two victories bumped the Morelia, Mexico, native’s season singles record to 3-4 overall. On Tuesday, Esquivel moved up to No. 2 in the singles lineup and dropped a close decision to Nebraska Wesleyan’s Pedro Bethlem. Esquivel sports a career singles record of 12-13.

Esquivel and the Bulldogs (3-6, 1-2 GPAC) return to action on Wednesday (April 15) with a stiff test at NCAA Division II University of Nebraska-Kearney (17-2). First serve is set for 4 p.m.

Tennis falls to highly-ranked UNK

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Concordia University tennis squads faced what was likely their most challenging matches all season on Wednesday when they took the courts against NCAA Division II University of Nebraska-Kearney. The Lopers, ranked in the top of 10 for both men and women in the NCAA DII central region rankings, won by scores of 9-0 on both sides.

First-year head coach Joel Reckewey’s squads are now 3-7 overall on the men’s side and 2-9 overall on the women’s side.

In women’s singles action, UNK dropped only 10 total games. Concordia freshman Hannah Boe accounted for half of those. She fell by a 6-3, 6-2 score to Emily Kennel at No. 6. The Lopers then won 24 of 27 games in doubles play.

Bulldog senior Brendan Buchanan came the closest to winning a set for the men. He dropped a 6-2, 7-5 decision to Aaron Reekie at No. 4 singles. In doubles, the pair of junior Daniel Apacible and senior Jonathan Douglas provided the most resistance for the Lopers. They fell, 8-4.

The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday when both the men and women play twice in the state of Kansas. Concordia will take on Central Christian College at 10 a.m. before shifting focus to Kansas Wesleyan University at 1 p.m.

Bulldogs even up GPAC mark by clipping Hastings

SEWARD, Neb. – A strong start in doubles propelled the Concordia University women’s tennis team to its second GPAC victory of the season. The Bulldogs held off visiting Hastings for a 5-4 win in Seward on Wednesday evening.

First-year head coach Joel Reckewey’s squad improved to 3-9 overall and 2-2 in GPAC matches.

“I really feel we’re playing doubles well,” Reckewey said. “That’s setting the tone for the rest of the match. When we win, it’s usually because we play well in doubles. It sets us up on the singles court to keep that momentum going. We have girls stepping up and playing well at the right time.”

Despite freshman Emily Meisinger’s first singles loss of the conference season, Concordia found a way to pull out the team win. The Bulldogs got singles victories from senior leaders Grace Hollenbeck (No. 2) and Elyse Kohl (No. 3) and from freshman Allison Ebel (No. 5).

After breezing to a 6-0 win the first set, Hollenbeck had to gut out a victory that came down to a 10-set tiebreaker. She finished off Liz Harlow, 6-0, 6-7 (5), 10-8 for a crucial triumph.

“I’m proud that she pulled it out,” Reckewey said. “It could have gone either way. It’s very tough to win a 10-point tiebreak after losing the second set tiebreak. She didn’t have the momentum. At that point all strategies go out the window. It’s a fist fight. She just stayed strong.”

Hollenbeck also teamed up with Annie Horn on a snappy 8-0 win over Harlow and Maddi Shelton at No. 1 doubles. Horn and Hollenbeck are 3-1 in conference matches as a doubles pair and 7-5 overall. At No. 2 Kohl and Meisinger earned an 8-4 victory over Madison Fortunato and Jessica Zach, putting Concordia up 2-1 at the end of doubles action.

Concordia’s other GPAC win came by a 7-2 decision over Midland in Seward on April 11. The Bulldogs have suffered conference losses to Morningside, 6-3, and Nebraska Wesleyan, 6-3.

The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday with a pair of conference matches at neutral sites. The Bulldogs will play Northwestern (8-6, 3-2 GPAC) in Omaha at 10 a.m. before shifting focus to a 3 p.m. tussle with Mount Marty (0-4, 0-4 GPAC) in Lincoln.

Women close regular season with win over Doane, men fall

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia University women’s tennis team won for the third time over its past four conference matches and sewed up an above .500 GPAC finish as both Bulldog squads concluded the regular season in Seward on Monday. The Concordia women topped rival Doane, 5-4, while the Bulldog men were shut out, 9-0, by the Tigers.

First-year head coach Joel Reckewey’s squads will enter this weekend’s GPAC tournament with records of 5-10 overall, 4-3 GPAC (fourth place) on the women’s side and 3-9 overall, 1-4 GPAC (fifth place) on the men’s side.

In his first season, Reckewey has helped the women’s program rebound after a 2-5 conference mark in 2014.

“The women have had a very nice season,” Reckewey said. “To have a winning conference record with a first-year coach, I’m very pleased with the way they’ve played and the way they’ve competed. We have defined some strong doubles teams, which has really helped us start well in some matches.

“Today was a close finish, but we came out ahead.”

Leading the team score 4-3, Concordia clinched the match when Alison Ebel triumphed over Savannah Mitchell, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 5. That helped the Bulldogs earn a split of the six singles battles.

Both senior Grace Hollenbeck and freshman Emily Meisinger went a perfect 2-0 on the day. Hollenbeck made her final career home appearance along with fellow senior Elyse Kohl on Monday. Hollenbeck bumped her season record at No. 2 singles to 6-7 with her 6-3, 6-4 win over Doane’s Ellie Bender.

“It’s really exciting. It means a lot,” Hollenbeck said of concluding her home career in winning fashion. “We’re all really excited about the team this year. We’re looking forward to playing at the tournament this weekend. I think we have a good chance going in.”

Meisinger, a native of York, Neb., owns the team’s top singles record (9-6). The Bulldog rookie went 5-2 against conference opponents, finishing her regular season by defeating Kayla Bamesberger, 6-0, 6-4.

Concordia took a 2-1 lead after doubles courtesy of wins at No. 1 (Hollenbeck/Annie Horn) and at No. 2 (Kohl/Meisinger). Both of those combinations went 4-2 against GPAC competition. The duo of Hollenbeck and Horn is now 8-6 overall this season.

“We’ve helped each other a lot,” Hollenbeck said. “Annie’s so much fun to play with and she’s so positive. She doesn’t need any help from me. We do a good job of keeping each other grounded and keeping each other encouraged and positive. We get excited for each other when the other does something well.”

On the men’s side, the Tigers won every set in both singles and doubles play. The Bulldogs have played five-straight matches without No. 1 player Javier Moreno, who is sidelined by injury.

Both Bulldog squads will compete at the GPAC tournament on Friday and Saturday in Fremont, Neb. View tournament pairings HERE.

“I like how we’re positioned,” Reckewey said. “Being fourth (on the women’s side) in the conference gives us a chance to play a winnable match. We’re looking forward to that. I think we’re playing well at the right time.”

NEXT UP - GPAC Quarterfinals
MEN: No. 5 Concordia at No. 4 Midland, Friday, 9 a.m.
WOMEN: No. 4 Concordia vs. No. 5 Hastings, Friday, 11:30 a.m. 

Tennis closes 2015 season in GPAC quarterfinals

FREMONT, Neb. – The first year of Concordia University tennis under head coach Joel Reckewey came to an end in the GPAC tournament quarterfinals on Friday. The fourth-seeded Bulldog women fell, 5-2, versus fifth-seeded Hastings in Fremont, Neb. At the same site, the fifth-seeded Concordia men were ousted by a 5-0 score at the hands of host Midland.

The Bulldogs end the 2015 season with overall records of 3-10 on the men’s side and 5-11 on the women’s side.

Known as a strong doubles team, the women picked up victories from its combos of senior Grace Hollenbeck and freshman Annie Horn at No. 1, 8-5, over Liz Harlow and Maddi Shelton. The duo of senior Elyse Kohl and freshman Emily Meisinger also produced an 8-5 victory to put the Bulldogs up 2-1 after doubles play.

The Broncos responded impressively by taking singles wins at the Nos. 2, 3, 4, and 5 positions to advance to the conference semifinals. Hastings avenged its 5-4 loss to Concordia in Seward on April 22.

On the men’s side, the Warriors blanked Concordia by sweeping through doubles action and then taking singles bouts at Nos. 4 and 5. The Bulldogs’ lone conference win came on April 14 when they won 6-3 at Nebraska Wesleyan.

Hollenbeck, Horn named all-conference at No. 1 doubles

GPAC release

SEWARD, Neb. – One of the top doubles pairs in the GPAC, the Concordia combo of senior Grace Hollenbeck and freshman Annie Horn received all-conference recognition for its work at No. 1, as announced by the league on Friday. Bulldog No. 2 doubles tandem Elyse Kohl and Emily Meisinger also collected honorable mention accolades.

As a duo, Hollenbeck and Horn went 9-6 overall in 2015. In conference matches only, they went 4-2 with wins over other doubles partners from Morningside, Midland, Hastings and Doane. Meanwhile, Kohl and Meisinger collaborated on an overall season mark of 8-6, including 4-2 in GPAC matches.

In head coach Joel Reckewey’s first season at the helm of the Concordia tennis programs, the women went 5-11 overall while the men went 3-10. Both teams’ seasons ended with losses in the GPAC tournament quarterfinals.

Tennis lands three on scholar-athlete list

SEWARD, Neb. – Three Concordia University tennis student-athletes landed on the list of 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, announced Friday by the NAIA. Honors went to a trio of Concordia seniors in Brendan Buchanan, Jonathan Douglas and Grace Hollenbeck. All three have earned multiple scholar-athlete awards during their collegiate careers.

Buchanan, also a member of the soccer team and native of Broomfield, Colo., earned his degree in secondary education. Douglas, who hails from Fenton, Mo., majored in business administration. Hollenbeck, who calls Wheat Ridge, Colo., home, graduated with a degree in art education.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. A total of 135 women’s and 110 men’s tennis student-athletes across the nation were named scholar-athletes by the NAIA.

Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,071 and counting. The 2014-15 season has produced 51 Bulldog scholar-athletes. During the 2013-14 academic year, Concordia garnered 101 Scholar-Athlete honorees (most in the NAIA) and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams (tied for fourth nationally).

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb., that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.

2015 Concordia tennis scholar-athletes
Brendan Buchanan
Jonathan Douglas
Grace Hollenbeck