Vikings finish seventh at MWC Championships

Posted on: October 15th, 2012 by Joseph Vanden Acker

MADISON, Wis. — The Lawrence University women’s tennis team finished seventh at the Midwest Conference Championships this weekend at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

The top finishers for the Vikings were Hannah Geoffrey and Melissa Heeren and the team of Christina Schaupp and Tess Vogel, who all reached the championship semifinals of their respective flights.

Geoffrey, playing at No. 3 singles, won her first-round match against Cornell College’s Samantha DeGannes in three sets, including a tiebreaker in the third. She then topped Grace Dowling of Lake Forest College 6-2, 6-4 before falling to eventual champion Constanza Alarcon of Grinnell College in the semifinals 6-0, 6-1.

At No. 6 singles, Heeren beat Knox College’s Emiley Brand 6-0, 6-1 in her first-round match and then downed Lake Forest’s Emily Rabin 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Heeren lost to eventual champion Julia Rumley of Grinnell in straight sets in the semifinals.

Schaupp and Vogel opened with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Cornell in the quarterfinals at No. 3 doubles but dropped a 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-4 decision to Carroll in the semifinals.

Ali Heiring won a consolation title at No. 4 singles. After losing her quarterfinal match, Heiring came back to beat Aimee Neilan of Knox in the consolation semifinals and then defeated Monmouth College’s Haylee Gustafson 8-0 in the consolation final.

Grinnell won the title during Friday’s team tournament, and Lake Forest was second. Carroll and St. Norbert tied for third, and Cornell was fifth with 33 points, Beloit College was sixth with 28 and Lawrence was seventh with 27. Knox was eighth, Monmouth took ninth, Illinois College was 10th and Ripon finished last.

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