Run of GPAC dominance continues at Midland

By Jacob Knabel on Apr. 9, 2019 in Women's Tennis

FREMONT, Neb. – The Concordia University women’s tennis team continued its rampage through conference play by pouring it on the program that ended its season in the GPAC semifinals in 2018. The Bulldogs earned a measure of revenge on Tuesday (April 9) by knocking off Midland, 7-2, on its home courts at Fremont High School. The Bulldogs won five of six in singles and two of three in doubles.

A run at a GPAC title is still possible for a team guided by coaches David DeSimone and Javier Moreno. A four-match GPAC win streak puts Concordia at 11-4 overall and 4-1 in the GPAC.

“There were a lot of positives,” DeSimone said. “The bottom half of our lineup really shows that we’re deep and have a lot of solid players on our roster. It was nice to see that from the bottom half of the lineup. There was a lot of good energy and the entire team played well together and lifted each other up.”

The Bulldogs came up short at No. 1 doubles, but the result failed to stop this team’s roll. Wins came at No. 2 doubles from the duo of sophomore Allison Marshall and junior Kirsten Wagner, 8-4, and at No. 3 doubles from the combo of sophomore Angela Bell and junior Lindee Schultz, 8-3.

In singles, Concordia came close to a sweep with the only defeat occurring in a tiebreaker at the No. 3 spot. On the plus side, wins were delivered by senior Marlene Maier at No. 1, sophomore Claudia Miranda Viera at No. 2, Wagner at No. 4, Marshall at No. 5 and Bell at No. 6. Maier is now 13-2 this season in singles play.

Since a narrow 5-4 loss to Hastings on March 27, the Bulldogs have dominated, defeating Morningside, Doane, Northwestern and Midland by a combined score of 34-2. The latest victim shared the GPAC regular season title last season.

The Bulldogs will be back on campus on Friday for their home finale. It will be senior day when Mount Marty (1-7, 0-4 GPAC) visits Seward. First serve is slated for 4 p.m. CT when action will get underway on the outdoor courts. Should the weather not cooperate, the match will be moved inside to the Fieldhouse.