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Augie Tennis splits sunday afternoon slate

The Augustana Women’s tennis team made the trip out to Cedar Rapids, Iowa coming off of a three-match losing streak. The Vikings were tasked to take on both Coe and Bethel Sunday afternoon. Augustana split the matches beating Coe by a score of 7-2 and falling to Bethel 7-2.

This brought Augustana’s record to 5-4 for the spring season and 15-5 overall on the year. The losing streak that the Vikings finally snapped was not on their minds when they loaded the busses Sunday morning according to Coach Jon Miedema.

“We don’t really talk about any streaks, we simply talk about playing active, energetic doubles and confident singles,” said Miedema.

Although Miedema wasn’t focusing on the losing streak. There was added motivation for the Vikings, as they lost two matches back to back against nationally ranked teams.

“There was some added motivation there since we lost to two ranked teams. It is something we need to work on moving forward and if we want to complete our ultimate goal of qualifying for the NCAA tournament we have to play better against good teams,” said sophomore Zeana Badawi.

The Vikings may look like your standard tennis squad, however, their final home match of the season will not be one that’s dedicated to the seniors, because none occupy the roster.

There is no real pecking order when it comes to leadership on the team according to Miedema. While he does expect a little more from his juniors, in order for the team to be successful everyone from juniors to freshman have to have a voice on the team.

After the conclusion of last season, the team lost three out of six team members. As a result, they were left with only three returning starters.

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Augie Tennis splits sunday afternoon slate