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The Augustana Women’s Tennis team has completed their fall season, and have finished second overall in the CCIW tournament. 
Two individual performers, junior Annie Timm and senior Zeana Badawi turned in individual CCIW championships. Then following winning a singles title each, the two paired up to capture the doubles conference title. 
Badawi and Timm won last years second bracket CCIW doubles championships and were undefeated on the season before competing at the championships. More of the same came for the dynamic duo as they captured another CCIW title. 
Timm won her third straight singles championship overcoming a familiar foe in Giana Apostoli from Carthage college. Timm dropped a match to Apostoli earlier in the season, but won back to back sets to win the championships.
The Vikings fell short on winning their second consecutive CCIW title. Going into the conference championships, the Vikings won 24 straight CCIW dual meets, but fell short when it counted to rival Wheaton College.
Badawi is wrapping up her final year of fall tennis for the Vikings. This season, she has won seven single matches and multiple doubles victories. Badawi won her second career CCIW singles championship beating a rival from Wheaton by two straight sets 6-3 and 6-2. She describes the environment of the team and what the future holds for the spring season and beyond. 
¨It’s definitely exciting because I think that a lot of teams look up to us and they look at us like wére this really great team. I think it’s also like a really great driving factor because wére on top. We want to stay on top so we do really well at staying competitive throughout both the fall and spring season,” said Badawi. 
While Badawi and Timm put in championship performormances, a couple of other vikings also finished high in the conference. One of which was freshman Michela Magee who turned in a runner up finish in the third singles bracket. 
¨One of my personal highlights this season was my match against Wheaton, I won 7-5, 6-3,” Magee said “It was one of my highlights not only because I was super excited to get a win against our rival team, but I feel like it was one of the best matches I have played this season. The match required a lot of grit and focus to win.¨
Other top performers from the Augustana Vikings included Freshmen Lily Schoeck and Lauren Oda turned in second place performances at the fourth and fifth singles brackets. While junior Kalli Majewski place second at the sixth singles bracket. 
Part of the reason that the team has been successful is their strong relationships according to Badawi and Magee. 
 “Not one person has the same personality as the other and so when you blend it all together it really is a quirky and funny team to be a part of and it’s really fun to watch us interact with one another on and off the court I think that we all have our bits and our jokes and it really just like helps bring the team together just reminds us to relax and have fun,” Magee said.
As a team, the Vikings hold a record of over 79 individual set wins this season alone.
 Though the season is over, the team will have another chance to compete as they have a spring slate of dual meets against non-conference opponents as they prepare for a shot at the CCIW championship in 2020.

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