2016-17 Stories of the Year (No. 3): Tennis takes over the NACC

2016-17 Stories of the Year (No. 3): Tennis takes over the NACC

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.

The list of stories was compiled by the Department of Athletic Communications and, like all lists is subject to debate. The top stories will be revealed over the next six weeks, with a story being released on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The top story will be released on June 22.

No. 3: Tennis programs take over NACC

Coming into the 2016-17 season, the Concordia University Wisconsin Tennis programs had already seen its fair share of success in the NACC. Since the league, began in the 2006-07 season, the Falcons had combined for 11 NACC Regular Season titles and six NACC Tournament Titles (there was no NACC Tournament until 2010-11).

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.
2016-17 Stories of the Year
HM: Pack of Falcons earn all-region honors
No. 5: Lacrosse programs rise to the top
No. 4: Volleyball serves up magical season
No. 3: Tennis programs take over the NACC 
No. 2: June 20
No. 1: June 22