SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Concordia University women’s tennis team just missed out on winning twice while closing the regular season in Sioux City, Iowa, on Friday (April 27). The Bulldogs dropped a 5-4 decision to host Morningside before rallying with a 9-0 white washing of Mount Marty.
Fourth-year head coach Joel Reckewey’s squad will enter the postseason at 12-9 overall and at 3-4 in conference play. All seven GPAC matches were played during the month of April.
Concordia slipped in its first match of the day despite the Mustangs (8-8, 2-4 GPAC) conceding at the Nos. 5 and 6 singles and No. 3 doubles spots. The lone contested win for the Bulldogs came at No. 1 singles where stalwart Annie Horn cruised to a 6-2, 6-0, triumph over Erica Sherman. Concordia suffered losses in 10-point tiebreakers at each of the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 positions in the lineup, which were held down by Claudia Miranda Viera, Kirsten Wagner and Alison Ebel, respectively.
The Bulldogs regrouped by breezing to victory over Mount Marty (1-8, 0-7 GPAC). The Lancers also conceded three matches. Three of the four singles contests that were played featured pro sets. Horn, Miranda Viera, Wagner and Smock won contested singles matches. In doubles, Horn and Wagner and Ebel and Kayla Smock took home victories.
As it stands right now, Concordia would be the No. 5 seed in the GPAC tournament that will be played next Friday and Saturday (May 4-5) in Fremont, Neb. Complete pairings will be announced when all conference regular-season matches have been finished.