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Women's Tennis - Wed, Jun. 5, 2013
Freshman Elizaveta Ignatova was an ITA All-American in 2013
Freshman Elizaveta Ignatova was an ITA All-American in 2013

The Concordia women's tennis team finished another solid season in 2013 with a 10-12 and 8-2 GSAC record.  The Eagles finished the season #13 in the country and second in the GSAC, which had three-top 15 nationally ranked teams.

The Eagles advanced to the second round of the NAIA National Championship and are now 7-5 all-time in tournament action.  They advanced to the tournament for the fifth consecutive year and fifth in school history.  The Eagles finished second in the GSAC, only losing two games to #10 Westmont, who went 10-0 in conference play.  Freshman Elizaveta Ignatova finished the season 15th in singles according to the ITA.  Sophomore Ulrike Hahn was 35th and Mona Piller was 41st.  The doubles squad of Ignatova and Piller were ranked 16th and Summer Beaird and Hahn were 23rd.

"It was a challenge losing almost the whole team from last year," head coach Jonathan Sanchez said.  "We brought a brand new team with lots of great girls and I am very proud of all of them.  I think there are a lot of positives to take away from this year."

CU defeated #10 Vanguard 7-2 on February 9, and rattled off three straight GSAC wins with 9-0 wins over Biola, Hope International, and Arizona Christian.  The defeated #10 Vanguard again on the road on March 9, 6-3. 

The GSAC Tournament returned for the first time since 1999 and was held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, CA.  The Eagles received a first round bye, but were upset by #12 Vanguard 3-5 in the second round.

CU advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in Mobile, AL and defeated #25 Nebraska Wesleyan 8-1 on May 14 in the first round.  Their season ended at the hands of #4 SCAD Savannah (GA) 1-5 one day later.

Sophomore Ulrike Hahn (Gondelsheim, Germany) and freshman Elizaveta Ignatova (Moscow, Russia) were selected All-GSAC.  Concordia has now had 12 All-GSAC nominees in school history and six since Jonathan Sanchez took over in 2011.  Ignatova was 12-9 in #1 singles and 12-9 in #1 doubles.  Hahn was 8-14 in #2 singles and 12-9 in #2 doubles.  Ignatova was an ITA NAIA All-American.

Concordia improved to 14-0 all-time against Hope International and recorded three top-25 wins on the year.  After a year of reloading from the senior-laden 2012 squad, Concordia only says goodbye to senior Summer Beaird in 2013.  With the return of five of their six rotation players, including both All-GSAC selections, the Eagles will look to make a run at their first GSAC Championship in 2014.


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