On Oct. 15, the EC women’s tennis team’s record fell to 6-7 from following a loss to Minnesota-Duluth (7-2), a NCAA Division II opponent, and a shut out by Chicago State (9-0), a NCAA Division I school.
Minnesota Duluth 7, Elmhurst 2
During the first match, the EC No. 1 doubles team consisting of sophomores Ava Kolman and Rachel Rettger, No. 2 doubles team of senior Tori Liewergen and sophomore Chiara Gaudio, and the No. 3 doubles team of senior Hannah Vaselaney and sophomore Kathryn Wheeler were all defeated by their opponents.
EC scored two points in singles play by Kolman, (7-5, 7-6) in the No. 1 position and Wheeler (6-3, 6-4) in the No. 6 position.
Chicago State 9, Elmhurst
In the second match, EC was shut out in all singles and doubles play against Chicago State.
On Oct. 22, the EC women’s tennis team placed fifth at the 2016 CCIW Championships. During the three-day tournament, the lady Bluejays totaled 12 points and barely missed a top-four finish in championship play.
Kolman placed fourth in No.1 singles. Kolman opened with a 6-3, 6-4 win and finished with a 8-1 win in the consolation semifinals, but dropped the third-place match 8-6. Liewergen placed fourth in the No. 4 singles by taking the consolation round 8-3. Liewergen also took the consolation semifinals 8-6.
Gaudio posted a 1-2 mark in the No. 2 singles by taking the consolation round 8-1.
Rettger took third in the No.3 singles position with a 1-2 record and took her second match 8-3.
Wheeler posted a 1-2 mark at No.6 singles with a 6-4, 6-3 win in the championship quarterfinals.
Vaselaney competed at the No. 5 singles position and end- ed her season with a 0-2 record.
The EC No.1 doubles team of Kolman and Rettger finished with a 1-2 mark with a win in the quarterfinals of 8-1.
The No. 3 team of Vaselaney and Wheeler also finished with a 1-2 mark with a win against North Park of 8-1.
The No. 2 doubles team of Gaudio and freshman Dacey Maglaque posted a 0-2 mark in the tournament.
Women’s Cross Country
The EC women’s cross country team placed 29th at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh College Town Sports Invitational. Out of 36 teams, the lady Bluejays scored 856 points to finish in 29th place.
In a field of 500 runners, junior Alaina Nebel finished in the group of top-20 runners with a time of 22:27 to place 17th. With a time of 25:29:01, senior Kalia Konecki placed 279th while freshman Emma McSpadden finished in 328th place with a time of 26:03.5. In 397th place was senior Liesel Metz with a time of 26:58.3 and freshman Gabrielle Murdoch came in at 402nd place with a time of 27:05.6. To complete the lady Bluejays’ top seven, sophomore Maria Dugo placed 408th in 27:13.0 and freshman Becky Garcia, 410th place in 27:14.1. Men’s Cross Country
With a total of 839 points, the EC men’s cross country team also placed 29th out of 37 squads at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Kollege Town Sports Invitational.
In 136th place, with a time of 26:47.6, sophomore Juan Castaneda was the top finisher for EC. With a time of 27:14.6, sophomore Joe Rivas finished in 188th place, while junior
Scott Blaszak finished in 307th with a time of 28:12.6. In 326th place, freshman Antonio Aguillera finished with a time of 28:23.0 and senior William O’Connell placed 418th with a time of 29:29.2.
To complete the top seven positions, freshman Jacob Hubbard placed 459th with a time of 30:07.4 and junior Nick Schul- berg finished in 468th with a time of 30:26.0.
On Oct. 29, the Bluejays will run in the CCIW Championships.
The EC women’s volleyball team’s record now stands at 19- 10, following a win and a loss at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament on Oct. 22. The lady Bluejays are ranked No. 16 in the latest AVCA Division III poll.
Oshkosh 3, Elmhurst 1
In their 10th loss of the season, EC fell to Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a four-set loss of 25- 23, 18-25, 19-25 and 26-28.
The lady Bluejays took the first set with a kill from junior Hannah Davis, which ended in a score of 25-3.
Losing the second and third sets, EC rallied with a lead in the fourth set. With a kill from junior Mel Lundin, EC was at set point. With four set points, the lady Bluejays faltered and lost the match.
EC closed the match with .187 hitting percentage with 53 kills, 26 errors and 162 attacks.
Senior Mary Lawrence had 15 kills, Lundin had 10 kills, and senior Hannah Nimrick and Davis both hammered eight kills for the match. Nimrick had 38 assists and 11 digs while junior Amy Schryver scored a team-leading 14 digs.
Elmhurst 3, Stevens Point 2
The lady Bluejays took three out of fives sets (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 21-25, 15-8) to win over No. 12 ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Kills from senior Melissa Nava and junior Alli Rogers and an error by Stevens Point sealed the first set for EC 25-22.
Another kill from Rogers ended the second set and sealed the win for EC 25-20.
The lady Bluejays fell in the third and fourth sets to Stevens Point, but took control of the fifth set early in play. With an Ace by Nimrick, the fifth set and match came to a close with a win for EC.
EC hit .263 for the match with 73 kills, 21 errors and 198 swings. Lundin and Davis each had 16 kills while Nava had 13 kills and Rogers added 11. Nimrick totaled 10 kills, 52 assists and 18 digs. Lawrence captured seven kills, 11 digs and three blocks, while Schryver added team-highs of 31 digs and four aces. Ani Agbabian added 16 digs.
On Wednesday, Oct. 26, EC will host Millikin University.