SEWARD, Neb. – Junior Katelinn Wurm turned in a pair of victories while highlighting a 7-2 loss to visiting Baker University inside the Fieldhouse on Friday evening (Feb. 16). The Wildcats (2-0) made their first appearance of the spring season after opening up 2017-18 action with a win over Hesston College in October.
Fourth-year head coach Joel Reckewey’s women’s tennis squad returned to the courts for the first time since its 5-4 win over Grand View University of Feb. 10. The Bulldogs slipped to 3-2 overall this season.
“It was a tough match tonight. I thought we competed hard,” Reckewey said. “I’m seeing some improvement compared to last year when we played this team (a 9-0 loss). We were able to capture one of the doubles points, which was really good for the girls. That should give us some confidence. This was a good test for our team. This will help us get better down the road.”
A mainstay in the lineup ever since arriving at Concordia via her hometown of Bradenton, Fla., Wurm notched her second singles victory of the season by defeating Sophie Robertson, 4-6, 6-3 (10-4), at No. 3 singles. Wurm also teamed up with senior Alison Ebel on a tight triumph at No. 3 doubles.
“Katelinn is a leader on the team,” Reckewey said. “She’s letting her racket do the talking and really performing at a high level.”
Senior Annie Horn returned to the No. 1 singles and doubles positions after missing last week’s match against Grand View. Horn fell, 6-1, 6-1, in her singles match. At No. 4 singles, Ebel was narrowly beaten out, 6-2, 3-6 (12-10). Other singles competitors for the Bulldogs were Claudia Miranda Viera at No. 2, Kirsten Wagner at No. 5 and Kayla Smock at No. 6.
The Bulldogs will wait a week before returning to action next Friday (Feb. 23) when they take on Ottawa University at 4 p.m. CT. Genesis Health Club in Lincoln will serve as the host venue. Concordia will attempt to avenge a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Braves last season.