Women's tennis readies for GPAC tournament

By on May. 3, 2016 in Women's Tennis

SEWARD, Neb. – The Great Plains Athletic Conference has announced the conference tournament bracket for women’s tennis. Concordia received the four seed and will be paired up with fifth seed Hastings College to begin the two-day tournament.

Concordia University (7-14, 5-3 GPAC) vs Hastings College (7-12, 5-3 GPAC)
GPAC Quarterfinals
Friday, May 6 | 11:30 a.m.
Fremont, Neb. | Fremont High School Courts

The matchup
The Bulldogs, 5-3 in the GPAC, defeated the Broncos, 5-4 this season. All three Concordia doubles teams won while Annie Horn and Kayla Smock won their singles matches. In the past five years, Concordia holds a 3-2 advantage over Hastings.

New beginnings
With a young roster made up entirely of freshmen and sophomores, head coach Joel Reckewey has improved his team over the season. The Bulldogs suffered defeats in their first five matches of the season. To wrap up the year, the ‘Dogs won four of their last five tilts. Many of the losses came from more experienced teams. The team looks to take those tough defeats and turn them around into victories in the post-season tournament and as they grow and improve over the coming years.

Tournament schedule

Women's Quarterfinals
No. 1 Morningside & No. 2 Nebraska Wesleyan – Bye
No. 4 Concordia vs. No. 5 Hastings – 11:30am
No. 3 Doane vs. No. 6 College of Saint Mary – 11:30am

Women's Semifinals
No. 1 Morningside vs. No. 4/5 winner – 4:30pm
No. 2 Nebraska Wesleyan vs. No. 3/6 winner – 4:30pm

Women’s Championship
Winners of semifinal matches – 10 a.m.

The champion of the tournament will advance to the NAIA Tennis Championship in Mobile, Ala. At the Mobile Tennis Center on May 17-21.