Edgewood powers to title win
Eagles win third consecutive league title, fourth over NCAA bid
KOHLER, Wis. -- Edgewood blew through two opponents in the first-ever Northern Athletics Conference Team Tournament to clinch the automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third consecutive season. The Eagles shut out Dominican 5-0 in a semifinal match before dispatching NAC co-champion Benedictine 5-1 in the final.
Edgewood College (17-11) won two of three doubles matches to grab a 2-1 lead in the championship dual. Amber Hemp and Jessi Ditzler ran their Central Region record to 21-0 and they won their 30th doubles match of the season together with an 8-4 victory against Benedictine’s MaryClare Loughery and Tiffany Wakim at No. 2 doubles. Shae Beckwith and Hannah Pincsak took an 8-6 victory at No. 1 doubles. The only blip on the radar for the Eagles was an 8-2 setback by Brittany Storhoff and Ali Diamond-Tumbushat the No. 3 position.
Dtizler and Beckwith rolled through singles matches by identical 6-1, 6-0 scores. When Hemp finished off Wakim at No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-1, Edgewood had the fifth and deciding point needed to end the match and secure the program’s third consecutive NCAA appearance.
In the semifinal match, Edgewood defeated a short-handed Dominican squad in just 25 minutes. The Stars had just five players giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead before the match began. Edgewood swept the two remaining doubles matches and Storhoff knocked off Monica Budzak 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 singles to clinch the shutout victory.
Edgewood will be making its fourth national tournament appearance in program history. In addition to the current streak of three NCAA Tournaments, the Eagles played in the 1994 NAIA national championships.