Lady Vikings cruise in classroom, take no prisoners on court
The Augustana women’s tennis team has proven it can dominate on the court and in the classroom.
The Lady Vikings were recently recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the 2016-17 season for their cumulative team grade point average of 3.36. A team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 to be recognized.
Augustana was one of 237 NCAA Division III teams to be named an All-Academic Team.
In addition, Lauren Goggin and Mollie Magee were named ITA Scholar-Athletes after lettering in tennis while maintaining at least a 3.50 GPA.
Goggin, a Buffalo Grove grad, was also part of the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America selection. She graduated from Augustana in May with a 3.60 GPA and majored in accounting. She finished the season 33-6 in singles, 24-12 in doubles, and was named College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Player of the Year after winning the No. 1 singles CCIW title.
She ended her career with 196 wins, going 100-4 in singles and 96-42 in doubles in four years. Goggin was a four-time All-CCIW honoree, ranked eighth in the Central Region and 40th in the final NCAA Division III poll.
Magee’s career was cut short after a shoulder injury took her out of competition n her senior year. The two-time second team All-CCIW player was 5-0 in singles and 7-2 in doubles. She ended her career with a 118-43 record.
Augustana went 25-7 last season, a school record. The Vikings were 7-1 in CCIW play and ranked 12th in the Central Region. They also won the CCIW Tournament for the second straight year.
Head coach Jon Miedema became the winningest women’s tennis coach in school history, with a career record of 122-51 in just six seasons.
Caitylyn Schaffer, the No. 3 singles CCIW champion, will lead Augustana this season. She holds the second-best winning percentage in school history at.851 (61-11). She was also named second team All-CCIW and went 32-6 last season in singles.
Sophomore Zeana Badawi is also returning after lettering her freshmen season. She went 27-8 at singles — tying for seventh place for wins in school history — and 29-10 at doubles. Badawi was crowned the No. 4 singles champion at the CCIW tournament and also took the No. 3 doubles title with partner Vicki Andonova.
Junior Madeline Lombardi is the final letter winner to come back. The Glen Carbon native has played most of her time as part of the No. 2 doubles team, ending the 2016-17 season with a 29-13 record, the third-most wins in school history.
The Vikings open the season with a home doubleheader on Aug. 26, hosting Grinnell in the morning and Edgewood in the afternoon.