The Concordia University, Nebraska, women's tennis team suffered a 6-3 defeat to Northwestern College on Saturday, April 28 to conclude the regular season.
The loss ended Concordia's season at 7-9 overall and 3-4 in Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) matches. Northwestern, meanwhile, moved to 9-10 on the season and 4-2 in GPAC play.
The Bulldogs fell behind 3-0 in doubles play as the Red Raiders swept all three doubles points. The tandem of junior Mikaela Barz (San Antonio, Texas) and freshman Grace Hollenbeck (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) almost broke through at the second slot, falling 9-8 (7-3) to Northwestern's Kellie Korver and Jami Koens.
Junior Lindsea Vaudt (Kalispell, Mon.) got Concordia on the board with a 6-4, 6-0 win at the No. 2 singles position over Terry Odera.
Hollenbeck and Barz used the frustration of their doubles loss to their advantage in singles play. Hollenbeck collected Concordia's second point with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Koens at the fourth singles slot. Moments later, Barz defeated Hannah Stark, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.
Unfortunately the Bulldogs were unable to earn another victory, falling to Northwestern 6-3.
The Bulldogs return to action on Thursday, May 4in the opening round of the GPAC Tournament. Concordia finished the regular season as the fifth seed and will faceNo. 4 Hastings (4-3 GPAC) at 11:30 a.m. in Fremont, Neb. Hosted by Midland University, the GPAC Tournament will be played on the Fremont High School Courts.