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Women's Tennis Looks For Successful Tourney After Solid First Day
Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2007
MADISON, Wis. - The UW-Eau Claire women's tennis team won most of its matches in Day 1 of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Tournament at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
The doubles went through two rounds today and the singles matches made it through one.
Each of the Eau Claire doubles teams will compete for the championship tomorrow. In No. 1 doubles, fourth-seeded Sarah Riordan (Sr.-Appleton/North) and Gina Dahl (So.-Fort Atkinson) took the fifth-seeded UW-Stout squad down 8-6 before facing No. 1 seed UW-Whitewater in the second round. The Blugold pair took an 8-2 match and will now face UW-River Falls, the No. 2 seed, in tomorrow's championship. They won 8-5 over the No. 7 seed as well as the No. 3 seed today.
In No. 2 doubles, the second-seeded tandem of Kristie Carlson (Sr.-Arden Hills, MN/Mounds View) and Brenna McCormick (So.-Greendale) took an 8-5 match over the No. 7 seed UW-Stout before winning 8-1 over UW-La Crosse, the No. 3 seed. Tomorrow's foe will be top-seeded Whitewater, who blanked the No. 5 seed 8-0 after a bye in the first round.
Liz Deprey (Sr.-Green Bay/Notre Dame) and Erin Welch (So.-Tomah), the No. 3 partners for Eau Claire, will also face Whitewater for the championship. The duo is seeded second and started the day with an 8-3 victory over seventh-seeded UW-Oshkosh. The second match was closer, an 8-6 nailbiter over sixth-seeded UW-Stevens Point. The Warhawk team is seeded first and had a bye in round one. In round two, it bounced fifth-seeded River Falls 8-3.
Last year, Eau Claire had all three teams in the doubles championship matches, with two taking home the top prize. The last time the Blugolds swept all three doubles championships was in 1998.
The Blugolds also had some fine performances on the singles side of the competition.
In No. 2 singles, Dahl topped the No. 5 seed, River Falls' Kathryne Ostrowski, by winning 6-0, 6-1. The No. 4 seed will face the No. 1 seed, Carlie Bohrman from La Crosse, tomorrow.
Carlson has the top seed in No. 3 play, so she received a bye. Tomorrow? opponent is the No. 5 seed, Kara Amundson from Whitewater.
McCormick emerged victorious in No. 4 play, taking down No. 7 seed Mindy Rudiger 6-0, 6-0. McCormick, the No. 2 seed, will face Sarah Schoenwaelder tomorrow. She is the No. 3 seed.
Welch had the bye in No. 5 singles, but tomorrow will face Brittany Braasch, who is the No. 4 seed.
Deprey won 6-3, 6-1 in the last singles action with a triumph over sixth-seeded Lindsey Luberda of Stout. Tomorrow's opponent, Kaylei Sorenson, is the No. 2 seed.
In No. 1 singles, Riordan fell 6-3, 6-2 to fourth-seeded Allie Hinman of Stout. Riordan is seeded fifth and has a bye tomorrow.
Tomorrow's action is the final day of the WIAC Championships, which Eau Claire took second in last year with 18 points.
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