Schedule note: Huether Family Match Pointe Indoor Tennis Center
@ Saint Benedict
The Match...Northwestern College continues its spring season this weekend as they play College of Saint Benedict on Friday, Feb. 17. First serve in St. Joseph, Minn. is scheduled for 6:30pm.
Northwestern owns a 2-1 overall record this year, 1-1 in the spring, while CSB is 6-3 overall, 4-1 in the spring.
All-Time...This will be just the second ever match-up between Northwestern and CSB as the Blazers defeated NW 8-1 in the 2012.
College of Saint Benedict: 6-3 Head Coach: Michael Engdahl (1st year)
The Blazers' have won four of their last five matches played as they defeated North Central University last time out, 9-0, on Feb. 11. They are 6-3 overall.
Members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and NCAA D-III, CSB was picked to finish seventh out of 11 teams in the preseason coaches' poll. Coach Engdahl, in his first season at CSB after a successful five-year stint at SDSU, inherits a team that finished eighth in the MIAC with a 3-7 record, 6-11 overall in 2015-16. Three starters return from last year's squad.
Lauren Finn returns after earning all-MIAC honors and is 5-2 playing in the top singles' spot this season. Megan Hintz is back after sharing team-high honors with six singles wins in 2016 to go with seven wins at #1 doubles. Taylor Kraemer picked up eight wins in double play last year and is 2-1 this season with partner Erin Kolbow. Ellen Stensrud leads this year's team with a 6-1 singles record, followed by both Finn and Tessa Rahrick.
Northwestern College: 2-1 Head Coach: Jeff Guthmiller (12th year)
The Red Raiders are off to a 2-1 start to the season, going 1-1 in matches played earlier this month. They lost to Bethel (Minn.) 9-0 but came back to defeat Bethany Lutheran 8-1. Northwestern also has a win over Buena Vista last fall.
Coach Guthmiller returns two starters and three players from a 2016 team that just missed out on postseason play, finishing tied for sixth in the GPAC with a 2-6 record, 4-13 overall. Guthmiller is the winningest coach in program history (85-100) and has guided the Red Raiders to the postseason eight times.
No. 1 Ayeni/Holscher (2-1)
No. 2 McGinnis/Van Drie (2-0)
No. 3 Johnson/Shortenhaus (1-0)
Senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.
Sophomore from Nebraska City, Neb.
Freshman from Buffalo Center, Iowa
Freshman from Minooka, Ill.
Freshman from Scottsbluff, Neb.
Freshman from San Diego, Calif.