Augustana tennis celebrates big season for team, individual
The Augustana University tennis team wrapped up its season recently with one Viking named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin women’s player of the year.
Caitlyn Schaffer, a junior from Chicago, received the honor after she won the singles title at the CCIW Championships in late October. Schaffer has been a consistent performer for Augustana this year and was key to the Vikings' 10-1 record.
The Vikings started the season in late August with a 5-4 victory against Grinnell College. Schaffer dropped her first match to Milica Cvrkota in two sets, but Augustana won four of its next five singles matches and claimed a win in doubles play to secure the victory.
Augustana then pummelled Edgewood College, 8-1. Schaffer recorded her first individual win of the year in a two-set victory over Sydney Verbauwhede. She also partnered with Margaret Chadick and notched doubles win over the team of Verbauwhede and Alyssa Carew.
On Sept. 2, the Vikings opened up conference play against Millikin University with a win. Schaffer knocked off Morgan Bettner in two sets and the Vikings won every singles match. Their the only loss came in doubles play, when Melissa Donovan and Molly Angell knocked off Schaffer and Madeline Lombardi.
Augustana then notched a 6-3 victory over Carthage College to go 2-0 in CCIW play. Schaffer claimed a three-set victory over Casey Frommer, and Annie Timm knocked off Max Mella in two sets.
The Vikings wrapped up conference play on Oct. 15 against Illinois Wesleyan, claiming a 9-0 win to finish conference play undefeated.
Schaffer had an overall record of 8-6 in singles play and a 12-6 record in doubles. She grabbed singles and doubles titled at the CCIW conference tournament.
Two other Vikings took home end-of-the-season awards. Annie Timm, a freshman from Fox Lake, was named newcomer of the year, and Zeana Badawi was named to the all-league second team.
Timm was Augustana’s No. 2 player and finished the season with a 12-2 record in singles play. At the CCIW tournament, Timm was the top player in the No. 2 position and recorded a two-set victory over Angela Emmanouil of Carthage College.
Last year, Badawi won the CCIW No. 4 singles title as a freshman. She moved up to No. 3 singles this year and was also a solid doubles player. She finished the season with an 11-7 record in singles and was 9-7 in doubles play.
Overall the Vikings finished in second place in the CCIW fall season, coming in behind Wheaton College. The team will be back in action during the spring semester.