Adam Vosburgh



The women’s tennis team has had nothing but smooth strokes so far this season.

Augustana took down the University of Mary to remain undefeated at 4-0 so far this season, with a dominant performance of 8-1, only dropping first doubles.

“Katie [Jesperson] and I were having an off day and were a little nervous,” senior Michelle Wadas said. “We also have been trying to get over wrist injuries.”

Jesperson, playing no. 1 singles blanked her opponent 6-0, 6-0. Then at no. 2 singles, Jessa Richards defeated her opponent convincingly at 6-1, 6-3. Hannah Gebauer won at no. 3 singles with scores of 6-3, 6-1.

Then in the second set of singles matches, the Vikings swept their opponents.  Heather Sullivan, Liz Lewis and Jenna Helleberg all won 6-0, 6-0 in 4, 5 and 6 singles respectively.

Second doubles was made up of Richards and Gebauer, who beat their opponent 8-0. And Sullivan teamed up with Helleberg and won at 3 doubles 8-0 as well.

Last season, the women’s tennis team were just as strong, losing only once in their first 13 matches. In 2011, the Vikings went  21-3, and in 2010 they went 21-2. The last few years have treated the women well, and some say it is because of head coach Marc Kurtz.

“Kurtz has been a great coach so far, and the team’s past year’s successes reflect that,” Wadas said. “Our team is lucky to have a coach that is both knowledgeable and passionate about tennis.”

Members of the team are also being recognized as individuals this season as well.

Gebauer, a senior, earned NSIC female athlete of the week. She has won every one of her singles and doubles matches losing only seven games in singles and two games in doubles.

The women are looking to get into the NCAA tournament again, and have had the track record to do so. The Viking’s next match is at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, at Sioux Empire Fitness in Sioux Falls, against Upper Iowa.