MADISON, Wis. – The game can be so simple at times, yet the pressure makes it so difficult and Concordia Wisconsin experienced it all on Sunday afternoon. The Falcons won an electrifying 5-4 match over Edgewood to win the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship inside Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 5, Alverno 0; Concordia Wisconsin 5, Edgewood 4
Location: Nielsen Tennis Stadium (Madison, Wis.)
Records: Concordia Wisconsin 21-6, Alverno 11-10, Edgewood 15-10
HOW IT HAPPENED
- With the match tied at 4-4, it all hinged on sophomore Sabine Jacobsen (Palatine, Ill.) and her ability to defeat her No. 3 singles opponent. After falling behind 4-6 after the first set, she fought back in the second set with a 6-4 decision to even the match. The right-hander battled back and forth, and overcame a deficit to send her teammates jumping for joy with a third set 7-5 victory.
- The Falcons found themselves up 2-1 after doubles play, which included an 8-4 win by sophomore Hannah Tresedder (Kingsford, Mich.) and junior Michaela Wagner (Oswego, Ill.) at No. 2 doubles along with an 8-3 decision by freshman Bailey Kelly (Racine, Wis.) and freshman Ashley Solberg (Waukesha, Wis.) at No. 1 doubles.
- Edgewood responded by winning the next two point with a victory at No. 2 singles to even the match. However, Concordia Wisconsin's Kelly and Wagner pushed the advantage out to 4-2 after winning 6-1, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-4, respectively.
- The Eagles won the next two points to set up what is most likely the longest match in program history for the Falcons.
- Earlier in the morning Concordia Wisconsin downed No. 6 Alverno by a 5-0 score. They won all three doubles to take a quick 3-0 lead. Kelly and Wagner won their singles match to advance the team to the championship match.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Concordia Wisconsin won its first even NACC Tournament Championship in program history.
- The Falcons continue to extend their program-record wins in a season and now have 21.
- Kelly moved into first place all-time in program history and now has 22 singles victories. Wagner isn't far behind with 20 singles wins this season.
- Jacobsen and Wagner each have 21 doubles victories, which is one shy of the program's singles season record.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
- The Falcons will await the NCAA's press release to find out who their opponent and what the location and match time will be in the NCAA Tournament. Visit CUWFalcons.com for updated information.