Category: Women’s Tennis

BLU Crew award winners to be selected Friday

APPLETON, Wis. — The first BLU Crew Awards will be selected Friday evening at the Warch Campus Center.

The inaugural event is sponsored by Lawrence University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC will hand out 12 awards to its fellow Vikings and announce the All-Viking Team.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

The categories and nominees are:

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

Jessica Demski (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township), softball, pitcher

Jake Gostisha (Appleton, Wis./East), football, defensive end

Patsy Kealey (New Rochelle, N.Y./Ursuline), soccer, goalkeeper

Elana Lambert (Shorewood, Wis./Shorewood), tennis

Best Victory

Women’s cross country victory at Concordia (Wis.) Invitational

Hockey 6-3 win over Lake Forest to clinch berth in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs

Women’s soccer 2-0 win over UW-Stevens Point

Softball 5-4 win over Cornell

Men’s tennis 5-4 win over Cornell to qualify for Midwest Conference Tournament

Outstanding Play of the Year

Mattias Soderqvist (Stockholm, Sweden), back-to-back saves vs. Marian

Jamie Nikitas (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) to Mitch Willer (Sussex, Wis./Sussex Hamilton) for dunk vs. Knox

Cyra Bammer (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville), kill off face of Macalester player

Mike Deremo (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township), goal vs. Lakeland

Renato Engler (Davos, Switzerland), goal vs. Aurora

Ryan Berkley (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township), goals vs. UW-Stevens Point

Hayley Cardinal (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East), victory in 200 breaststroke at Midwest Conference Championships

Troy Miller (Lake In The Hills, Ill./Huntley), NBA-range 3-pointer in overtime at Monmouth

Alic Riedel (Appleton, Wis./East), kickoff return for touchdown vs. Rockford

Alic Riedel (Appleton, Wis./East), big hit on defense vs. Rockford

Upset of the Year

Women’s cross country tops field led by UW-Stevens Point to win Concordia (Wis.) Invitational

Women’s swimming defeats Lake Forest 146-117

Hockey defeats Marian 3-2

Softball gets 7-3 win at Monmouth

Women’s soccer 2-0 win over UW-Stevens Point

Baseball gets 6-4 victory over St. Norbert

Best Individual Performance

Ryan Butterfield (McDonough, Ga./Strong Rock Christian), football vs. Grinnell

Hayley Cardinal (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East), swimming at Midwest Conference Championships

Jamie Nikitas (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), basketball vs. Carroll

Liz Arco (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett), volleyball vs. Grinnell

Mattias Soderqvist (Stockholm, Sweden), series vs. MSOE

Troy Miller (Lake In The Hills, Ill./Huntley), basketball vs. Monmouth

Patsy Kealey (New Rochelle, N.Y./Ursuline), basketball vs. Concordia Chicago

Katie Schumacher (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute), softball vs. St. Norbert

Comeback of the Year

Hockey vs. Lake Forest, trailed 3-1 and came back to win 6-3

Softball vs. Cornell, trailed 2-0 and came back to win 5-2

Men’s basketball vs. Monmouth, trailed 71-62 and came back to win 96-89 in OT

Men’s tennis, Adam Busch vs. Cornell’s Tom Greene, lost first set and rallied to win in three sets to clinch team’s berth in Midwest Conference Tournament

Women’s soccer vs. Grinnell, trailed 1-0 and scored two goals in final 13 minutes to win 2-1

Men’s Rookie of the Year

Ryan Butterfield (McDonough, Ga./Strong Rock Christian), football, quarterback

Nick Felan (Highlands Village, Texas), hockey, forward

Josh Janusiak (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee), cross country/track

Nathan Schlesinger (Austin, Texas), fencing

Nolan Spencer (Elmhurst, Ill./York), baseball, shortstop

Max Stahl (Tijeras, N.M./Sandia Prep), swimming

Women’s Rookie of the Year

Lilly Endsley (Rockford, Ill./Guilford), tennis

Mari Hubanks (Sharon, Wis./Walworth Big Foot), soccer, defender

Maddie MacLean (Arlington, Wash./Arlington), softball, pitcher

Arianna Neumeyer (Manitowoc, Wis./Lutheran), volleyball, outside hitter

Emmi Zheng (St. Louis Park, Minn./St. Louis Park), swimming

Coach of the Year

Jason Fast, cross country

Steve Francour, men’s tennis

Mike Szkodzinski, hockey

Kim Tatro, softball

Men’s Athlete of the Year

Ryan Butterfield (McDonough, Ga./Strong Rock Christian), football, quarterback

Renato Engler (Davos, Switzerland), hockey, forward

Matt Holliday (Hong Kong), baseball, first baseman/pitcher

Josh Janusiak (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee), cross country/track

Jamie Nikitas (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), basketball, guard

Women’s Athlete of the Year

Ryan Berkley (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township), soccer, forward

Clare Bruning (Mondovi, Wis./Mondovi), cross country

Hayley Cardinal (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East), swimming

Tierney Duffy (North Riverside, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield), softball, outfielder

Meg Krautsch (Oshkosh, Wis./West), softball, shortstop

The Viking Award

Brandon Boelter (Saginaw, Mich.), hockey

Tierney Duffy (North Riverside, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield), softball

Natalie Kramer (Mendota Heights, Minn./Henry Sibley), basketball

Jacob Lueck (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard East), football

Jamie Nikitas (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), basketball

Lauren Ray (Hales Corners, Wis./Whitnall), volleyball

Abaray emerges from national search to lead Lawrence Department of Athletics

Christyn Abaray
Christyn Abaray

APPLETON, Wis. — Christyn Abaray is the new Lawrence University Director of Athletics, President Mark Burstein announced today.

Abaray takes over for Mike Szkodzinski, who announced this past spring he was stepping down to devote his full attention to coaching the Vikings’ ice hockey team. Abaray has served as director of athletics at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, since June 2012.

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Vikings again stymied in MWC quarterfinals

MADISON, Wis. — All six Lawrence University singles players couldn’t advance past Sunday’s quarterfinals at the Midwest Conference Championships at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

The Vikings played without top singles player Katie Frankel so the rest of the team was forced to move up one flight.

Lilly Endsley played No. 1 and downed Carroll’s Megan Krzewinski 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 in the opening round. Endsley was then eliminated in the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-0 loss to eventual champion Billie Rodman of Lake Forest.

At No. 2, Lindsay Holsen dominated Ripon’s Courtney Olson 6-1, 6-0 in the opening round but then lost to St. Norbert’s Erika Chitko 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

Elana Lambert downed Lisa Noggle of Illinois College 6-0, 6-2 in the opening round at No. 3. St. Norbert’s Katlyn Gahan then stopped Lambert 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

Annie Harincar defeated Maddie Schacht of Knox 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round at No. 4. Harincar then fell 6-1, 6-0 to Lake Forest’s Allison Watts in the quarterfinals.

At No. 5, El Goblirsch was an easy 6-0, 6-1 winner over Beloit’s Nyasha Nyamhondoro in the first round. Alison Lambrecht of Carroll then downed Goblirsch 6-0, 6-2 in the quarters.

Cassandra Li jumped in at No. 6 for the Vikings and downed Carly Wesner of Ripon 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round. Catherine Schaupp then defeated Li in the quarterfinals.

Vikings can’t get past quarters in MWC doubles

MADISON, Wis. — Lawrence University couldn’t get a doubles team past the quarterfinals during Saturday’s competition at the Midwest Conference Championships at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

At No. 1, the team of Katie Frankel and Lilly Endsley fell 8-1 to St. Norbert in the championship quarterfinals. Endsley and Frankel bounced back to beat Katherine Hinman and Liddy Wilson of Monmouth 8-2 in the consolation semifinals. Cornell’s Sophie Robertson and Shashanna Moll then downed Endsley and Frankel 8-3 in the consolation final.

Lindsay Holsen and Elana Lambert won their opening match at No. 2 8-3 over Beloit, but the Vikings dropped an 8-2 decision to St. Norbert in the championship quarterfinals and were eliminated.

Annie Harincar and Katie Nottberg also posted an 8-3 win at No. 3 over a team from Beloit. Harincar and Nottberg were then eliminated with an 8-1 loss to Carroll in the quarterfinals.

The singles competition takes place on Sunday.

Endsley grabs MWC Player of the Week honors

Lilly Endsley
Lilly Endsley

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University women’s tennis player Lilly Endsley has been named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week after a compiling a perfect record.

Endsley (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) won the honor after posting a 6-0 mark on the week as Lawrence swept three Midwest Conference road matches.

In winning three matches at No. 2 singles, Endsley dropped just 10 games total. She posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory in Lawrence’s 7-2 win at Knox College on Oct. 10. Endsley then won 6-3, 6-2 in Lawrence’s 5-4 win at Monmouth College on Oct. 10. She capped the weekend with a 6-1, 6-3 win at Illinois College as the Vikings won 7-2 on Oct. 11.

Playing No. 1 doubles with Katie Frankel, Endsley also went 3-0 with an 8-1 win at Knox, an 8-2 win at Monmouth and an 8-3 win at Illinois College.

Endsley improved to 9-8 in singles and 10-7 in doubles on the season. This is the first time Endsley has won the conference Player of the Week honor. Endsley is the first player honored by the league since Gayatri Malhotra won the award on Sept. 12, 2012.

Lawrence completed the Midwest Conference season with a 5-5 record and finished sixth in the league.

Lawrence, which is 10-8 overall, wraps up the fall season this weekend when it plays in the Midwest Conference Championships at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.

Lawrence pummels Lady Blues

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — The Lawrence University women’s tennis team swept the doubles action on Sunday and rolled to a 7-2 Midwest Conference win over Illinois College.

The Vikings (10-8, 5-5 MWC) completed Midwest Conference play this weekend with three consecutive victories. In addition to defeating Illinois College, Lawrence topped Knox and Monmouth on Saturday.

The Vikings began the match against the Lady Blues (2-11, 1-9) by winning all three doubles contests. Katie Frankel and Lilly Endsley were 8-3 winners at No. 1, Lindsay Holsen and Elana Lambert won 8-6 at No. 2 and Annie Harincar and Katie Nottberg won 8-1 at No. 3.

Lawrence wrapped up the match with four singles victories as Endsley (No. 2), Holsen (No. 3), Harincar (No. 5) and El Goblirsch (No. 6) all won in straight sets.

Lawrence University 7, Illinois College 2

Singles competition
1. Kathryn Ryan (IC) def. Katie Frankel (LU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Lilly Endsley (LU) def. Tamar Norville (IC) 6-1, 6-3
3. Lindsay Holsen (LU) def. Lisa Noggle (IC) 6-0, 6-0
4. Jovanna Chavez (IC) def. Elana Lambert (LU) 7-5, 6-4
5. Annie Harincar (LU) def. Brianna Pohlman (IC) 6-4, 6-1
6. El Goblirsch (LU) def. Valerie Escudero (IC) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Katie Frankel/Lilly Endsley (LU) def. Tamar Norville/Kathryn Ryan (IC) 8-3
2. Lindsay Holsen/Elana Lambert (LU) def. Lisa Noggle/Jovanna Chavez (IC) 8-6
3. Annie Harincar/Katie Nottberg (LU) def. Brianna Pohlman/Valerie Escudero (IC) 8-1

Harincar’s win lifts Vikings past Monmouth

MONMOUTH, Ill. — Annie Harincar’s comeback victory at No. 5 singles lifted the Lawrence University women’s tennis team to a 5-4 Midwest Conference victory at Monmouth College on Saturday afternoon.

Harincar defeated Katy Tolsky 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and gave Lawrence (9-8, 4-5 MWC) the victory.

Lawrence started the match in the hole after dropping two of the three doubles matches. The Vikings’ lone win was an 8-2 victory by Katie Frankel and Lilly Endsley at No. 1 doubles.

The Vikings then stormed back in the singles matches as Frankel won at No. 1, Endsley followed with a victory at No. 2 and Lindsay Holsen won in straight set at No. 3 to put Lawrence up 4-2.

The Scots (3-10, 3-6) then won at Nos. 4 and 6 to tie the match at 4-4 before Harnicar rallied to win her match.

Lawrence University 5, Monmouth College 4

Singles competition
1. Katie Frankel (LU) def. Katherine Hinman (MC) 6-4, 6-2
2. Lilly Endsley (LU) def. Liddy Wilson (MC) 6-3, 6-2
3. Lindsay Holsen (LU) def. Annaliese McDermott (MC) 6-4, 6-4
4. Callie Cook (MC) def. Elana Lambert (LU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Annie Harincar (LU) def. Katy Tolsky (MC) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
6. Rachel Leifheit (MC) def. El Goblirsch (LU) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Katie Frankel/Lilly Endsley (LU) def. Katherine Hinman/Liddy Wilson (MC) 8-2
2. Annaliese McDermott/Katy Tolsky (MC) def. Lindsay Holsen/Elana Lambert (LU) 8-2
3. Callie Cook/Morgan Holle (MC) def. Katie Nottberg/Annie Harincar (LU) 8-2

Lawrence rolls past Prairie Fire

GALESBURG, Ill. — The Lawrence University women’s tennis team rolled to an 8-1 Midwest Conference victory over Knox College on Saturday.

The Vikings (8-8, 3-5 MWC) started the morning with a sweep of the doubles competition. Lawrence dropped just seven games in taking all three matches.

The Vikings were a super-tiebreaker away from sweeping the singles matches as well. Katie Frankel at No. 1, Lilly Endsley at No. 3, Lindsay Holsen at No. 3 and El Goblirsch at No. 6 all won in straight sets, and Annie Harincar won a super-tiebreaker of her own for a victory at No. 5.

Both Endsley and Goblirsch lost just one game in impressive victories.

Lawrence University 8, Knox College 1

Singles competition
1. Katie Frankel (LU) def. Taytem Chapman (KC) 6-2, 6-2
2. Lilly Endsley (LU) def. Savannah Sailors (KC) 6-1, 6-0
3. Lindsay Holsen (LU) def. Melissa Smith (KC) 6-1, 6-2
4. Maddie Schacht (KC) def. Elana Lambert (LU) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)
5. Annie Harincar (LU) def. Miranda Corbett (KC) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5)
6. El Goblirsch (LU) def. Lauren Sparks (KC) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Katie Frankel/Lilly Endsley (LU) def. Taytem Chapman/Miranda Corbett (KC) 8-1
2. Lindsay Holsen/Elana Lambert (LU) def. Savannah Sailors/Maddie Schacht (KC) 8-4
3. Annie Harincar/Katie Nottberg (LU) def. Melissa Smith/Maggie St. Clair (KC) 8-2

Grinnell blanks Vikings

GRINNELL, Iowa — The Grinnell College women’s tennis team posted a 9-0 Midwest Conference win over Lawrence University on Sunday.

Grinnell improves to 7-2 overall and 6-0 in the conference. Lawrence falls to 7-8, 2-5 in the league.

Grinnell College 9, Lawrence University 0

Singles competition
1. Judith Fan (GC) def. Katie Frankel (LU) 6-0, 6-3
2. Syndey Banach (GC) def. Lilly Endsley (LU) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
3. Megan Jans (GC) def. Lindsay Holsen (LU) 6-2, 7-5
4. Lily Hamilton (GC) def. Elana Lambert (LU) 7-5, 6-1
5. Anushka Joshi (GC) def. Annie Harincar (LU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Minna Montgomery (GC) def. El Goblirsch (LU) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Judith Fan/Amelia Cogan (GC) def. Katie Frankel/Lilly Endsley (LU) 9-8
2. Megan Jans/Lily Hamilton (GC) def. Lindsay Holsen/Elana Lambert (LU) 8-2
3. Julia Rumley/Syndey Banach (GC) def. Annie Harincar/Katie Nottberg (LU) 8-0

Rams top Lawrence

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — The Cornell College women’s tennis team dominated the singles play and rolled to an 8-1 Midwest Conference victory over Lawrence University on Saturday.

The Rams (5-4, 4-1 MWC) swept the singles matches, and the lone victory for Lawrence (7-7, 2-4) came at No. 3 doubles. Annie Harincar and Katie Nottberg posted an 8-6 victory over Abby Bridgett and Janice Elkerton.

Cornell College 8, Lawrence University 1

Singles competition
1. Julia Thome (CC) def. Katie Frankel (LU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Shashanna Moll (CC) def. Lilly Endsley (LU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Sophie Robertson (CC) def. Lindsay Holsen (LU) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
4. Gabriella Ferro (CC) def. Elana Lambert (LU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Gracie Benton (CC) def. Annie Harincar (LU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Abby Bridgett (CC) def. El Goblirsch (LU) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Shashanna Moll/Sophie Robertson (CC) def. Katie Frankel/Lilly Endsley (LU) 8-5
2. Gabriella Ferro/Julia Thome (CC) def. Lindsay Holsen/Elana Lambert (LU) 8-2
3. Annie Harincar/Katie Nottberg (LU) def. Abby Bridgett/Janice Elkerton (CC) 8-6