MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin's women's tennis team cruised to a pair of Northern Athletics Conference matches on Saturday afternoon at North Shore Country Club. The Falcons downed Concordia University Chicago, 9-0, before defeating Dominican University, 8-1, to begin the 2012 campaign.
CUW (2-0, 2-0 NAC) had just one set go into extra points against the Cougars (0-2, 0-1 NAC), however, it won four game 6-0 and lost just four sets in doubles play.
"This was a very good win for us," head coach Steven Anschutz said after the season opener. "Last spring we had a lot of losses and the girls came out hungry for a win. Our play for the first match was good. We all know we have things to work on in order to improve, but it felt good to get a win, and a solid win at that."
The success continued into the second match of the day when CUW won its second-straight match of the day. DU (0-1, 0-1 NAC) claimed a single competition during the contest, and pushed CUW to extra points three other singles games.
"I was very excited for this match after the NAC Preseason Coaches' Poll had DU finishing the season at No. 4 and us at No. 3," Anschutz said. "I attribute this big victory to two things; our girls working hard on their mental toughness and good practice habits. DU had some very athletic players, who challenged us to play tennis in a way that was uncomfortable. We stayed mentally tough and I think that propelled us too another victory."
CUW 9, CUC 0
No. 1. Julie Spransy (CUW) def. Deanna Richardson (CUC) 6-4, 6-3
No. 2. Jaclyn Ward (CUW) def. Abby Matayka (CUC) 6-4, 6-1
No. 3. Kristine Weber (CUW) def. Kamile Udrenaite (CUC) 7-5, 6-1
No. 4. Callie Reinke (CUW) def. Kristy Heimsoth (CUC) 6-0, 6-1
No. 5. Ashley Knoll (CUW) def. Hannah Kaul (CUC) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6. Emily McCormick (CUW) def. Molly Maas (CUC) 6-1, 6-0
No. 1. Spransy/Ward (CUW) def. Richardson/Matayka (CUC) 8-4
No. 2. Weber/Reinke (CUW) def. Udrenaite/Heimsoth (CUC) 8-0
No. 3. Knoll/Amanda Ropiak (CUW) def. Kaul/Maas (CUC) 8-0
CUW 8, DU 1
No. 1. Julie Spransy (CUW) def. Rachel Taddy (DU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 2. Jaclyn Ward (CUW) def. Emily Hereford (DU) 7-6 (3-1), 6-2
No. 3. Kristine Weber (CUW) def. Marbeya Berner (DU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
No. 4. Callie Reinke (CUW) def. Jillian Metcalf (DU) 7-5, 6-1
No. 5. Ashley Knoll (CUW) def. Rosemary Orchanian (DU) 6-3, 7-5
No. 6. Monica Budzak(DU) def. Emily McCormick (CUW) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
No. 1. Spransy/Ward (CUW) def. Taddy/Metcalf (DU) 8-1
No. 2. Weber/Reinke (CUW) def. Berner/Orchanian (DU) 8-4
No. 3. Knoll/Ropiak (CUW) def. Hereford/Castaneda (DU) 8-4