The No. 15 Concordia women's tennis team is advancing to the NAIA Tennis National Championship Second Round for the sixth-straight year and sixth time in school history, after beating No. 20 Northwestern Ohio 6-3 in Mobile, AL at the Mobile Tennis Center in the first round on Tuesday, May 13.
The Eagles started by taking all three doubles matches. Ulrike Hahn (JR/Gondelsheim, Germany) and Mona Piller (SO/Huenenberg, Switzerland) took down Shaleigh McClintock and Kateryna Bondarnko 8-6 in the one spot. Summer Beaird (SR/Long Beach, CA) and Ellie Johnson (JR/Upland, CA) won 8-5 over Raquel Marques and Ana Lacerda in the two position. Caitlyn Uzzi (SO/Coto de Caza, CA) and Kristin Lampe (SO/Fresno, CA) finished the sweep with an 8-5 win over Andrea Arango and Lina Ramos in the third spot.
All-GSAC selection Mona Piller won 6-2, 6-1 in #1 singles. Marques beat All-GSAC honoree Beaird at the #2 position and McClintock took down Hahn at #3 singles. Ellie Johnson earned the win for Concordia at #4 singles with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 win over Bondarenko. Uzzi won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at #5 singles and Lacerda beat Lampe at #6 singles.
"Northwestern Ohio was really good," Concordia head coach Jonathan Sanchez said. "We played our best doubles of the year and we really needed those three points to get this win. We relaxed a bit after doubles, because honestly we are not used to going to singles up 3-0. After the first sets of singles, we really picked it up and got the wins we needed."
Concordia improved to 8-5 all-time in NAIA National Championship competition and 9-11 this season. They move on to face No. 4 Auburn Montgomery at 7:00 am PST tomorrow in the second round from Mobile.
"Auburn Montgomery is always really good, they have won multiple national championships," Sanchez said. "We have nothing to lose and will play our best."
(Bracket) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the bracket for the 34th Annual NAIA Women's Tennis National Championship. For the 11th-straight year, the 24-team, single-elimination national championship will take place from May 13-17 at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.