MEQUON, Wis. – The 2016-17 athletic year was another successful one for the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons. The Falcons won and contended for conference championships in many sports and put together an impressive list of great achievements. As in years past, the Department of Athletic Communications tries to sort through all the great moments and give you, the fans, the top stories from the past year.
No. 3: Tennis programs take over NACC
One thing the Falcons had never accomplished, however, was winning both the regular season and the tournament for both the men's and women's programs. As a matter of fact, only one program had ever claimed all four titles (Edgewood in 2013-14). The Falcons had plans to change that this season.
CUW did just that, getting started in the fall with a perfect NACC season from the women's team, a 9-0 record to claim the regular season championship and No. 1 seed in the spring NACC Tournament. In the spring, the men's team added a NACC Regular season title, one it shared with Edgewood and MSOE after all three teams finished with 7-1 league records.
On Sunday, May 7, the tennis programs headed to Madison and the Nielsen Tennis Stadium, aiming to both capture the NACC Tournament championship. Both were the No. 1 seed and both cruised in semifinal wins, the Men's squad winning 5-0 over Aurora and the women's team posting a 5-1 win over Marian.
The Men's team also had little trouble in its final match, avenging its only regular season conference loss, by rolling to a 5-0 win over MSOE. The NACC Tournament title was the first for the Falcons Men's program since the spring of 2013.
The Women's team battled Edgewood for the title and things were not looking good after doubles play. Edgewood won all three matches and followed that by winning the first set in four of six singles contests. If the Falcons were going to complete the sweep, they would have to post a comeback for the ages.
CUW did just that, winning five singles contests for the 5-3 victory. Three of those singles wins came in three sets and allowed the Women's program back-to-back NACC Championships.
NACC Regular Season Champions. NACC Tournament Champions. NCAA Tournament Qualifiers. The Concordia University Wisconsin Tennis programs, ones who have posted several incredible seasons, maybe had their best year ever during the 2016-17 athletic season.