RIVER FOREST, Ill. – Concordia University Wisconsin won its third-consecutive Northern Athletics Conference regular season title on Saturday after defeating Dominican University, 7-2, and Concordia University Chicago, 9-0.
The Falcons earned the NAC Tournament's No. 1 overall seed and will have a bye in the first round. They are scheduled to play the lowest remaining seed on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Kohler Sports Core in Kohler, Wis. The first round matches will be played on Tuesday and feature No. 6 DU vs. No. 3 Aurora University and No. 5 Edgewood College vs. No. 4 Wisconsin Lutheran College.
CUW's undefeated conference record this season extends its winning streak against NAC foes to 28 consecutive. It was the sixth time it has finished unblemished against NAC foes in the past seven years. The Falcons are now 58-2 all-time against NAC opponents.
The Falcons began the morning against the Stars (3-11, 3-5 NAC) by taking all three doubles matches, including a pair by 8-0 scores. During singles play senior Taylor Shaffer (Stoughton, Wis.) was the only player to blank his opponent 6-0, 6-0. Three other CUW players won after giving up just one point.
CUC (4-6, 3-6 NAC) didn't challenge the conference champions, as CUW gave up three points during doubles play and won in straight sets during each singles match. Antoine Leon (Essonce, France) led the Falcons with a 6-0, 6-0 win over his No. 4 singles opponent.
04/27/13 at Oak Park, Ill. (Taylor Park)
1. Johnson, Russell (CUW) def. Amarantos, Kevin (DU) 6-4, 7-6
2. Tabaka, Greg (DU) def. Turner, Skip (CUW) 6-1, 3-6, 10-5
3. Shaffer, Taylor (CUW) def. Dee, Alex (DU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Leon, Antoine (CUW) def. Chavez, Adrian (DU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Hahn, Tanner (CUW) def. Shekhar, Mohit (DU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Jones, Terry (CUW) def. Foley, William (DU) 6-0, 6-1
1. Amarantos, Kevin/Tabaka, Greg (DU) def. Turner, Skip/Shaffer, Taylor (CUW) 8-3
2. Johnson, Russell/Jones, Terry (CUW) def. Dee, Alex/Chavez, Adrian (DU) 8-3
3. Leon, Antoine/Wells, Garrett (CUW) def. Shekhar, Mohit/Foley, William (DU) 8-0
Concordia Wisconsin 13-9, 8-0 NAC
Dominican 3-11, 3-5 NAC
04/27/13 at River Forest, Ill. (CUC courts)
1. Johnson, Russell (CUW) def. Bienz, Clinton (CUC) 6-0, 6-1
2. Turner, Skip (CUW) def. Staffeld, Tim (CUC) 6-1, 6-0
3. Shaffer, Taylor (CUW) def. Martinez, Chayanne (CUC) 6-1, 6-0
4. Leon, Antoine (CUW) def. Landa, Jose (CUC) 6-0, 6-0
5. Hahn, Tanner (CUW) def. McIntosh, Patrick (CUC) 6-3, 6-3
6. Jones, Terry (CUW) def. Verceletto, Niko (CUC) 6-0, 6-1
1. Turner, Skip/Shaffer, Taylor (CUW) def. Bienz, Clinton/Martinez, Chayanne (CUC) 8-1
2. Johnson, Russell/Jones, Terry (CUW) def. Staffeld, Tim/Landa, Jose (CUC) 8-0
3. Fritz, Steven/Buffamonte, Ryan (CUW) def. McIntosh, Patrick/Gruenwald, Matt (CUC) 8-2
Concordia Wisconsin 14-9, 8-0 NAC
Concordia Chicago 4-6, 3-6 NAC