May 13, 2010

Courtesy of Wheaton Sports Information

St. Peter, Minn. - The Wheaton women's tennis team defeated Edgewood College 5-0 on Thursday in the First Round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships, hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College. Wheaton is now 18-4 on the year, while Edgewood ends its season with a 12-14 overall record.

The Thunder will face Wisconsin-Whitewater (20-4) on Friday at 3 PM in a Second Round match of the tournament. Friday's other Second Round match will feature Gustavus Adolphus (20-4) against Luther College (25-5) at noon. Luther defeated St. Norbert College, 5-0 in Thursday's other First Round match to advance to the second round. Follow Friday's matches live at this link, courtesy of the Gustavus Adolphus College Sports Information Office.

Today's Wheaton victory marked the second consecutive year that Wheaton has defeated Edgewood 5-0 in the First Round of the NCAA Championship. Head coach Jane Nelson's team is making its fifth Division III Tournament appearance and the program is 4-0 all-time in the First Round of the Tournament (Wheaton had a First Round bye in 2008).

Doubles matches began today's action and Wheaton took an early 1-0 lead when the number-two doubles team of Lindsey Hallett and Sara Federschmidt shut out Edgewood's tandem of Bridget Prendergast and Kelsey Steinhorst 8-0. Wheaton's number-one doubles team of Elizabeth Worsowicz and Kayli Edwards and the number-three doubles team of Jill Casserly and Kirsten Boyer each picked up 8-2 victories in their matches to head to singles competition with a commanding 3-0 lead.

Casserly was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at number-five singles and the match was halted when Worsowicz earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory at number-one singles to give the Thunder the decisive 5-0 victory needed to advance to the next round.

Edwards was leading her match 6-0, 5-0 at number-two singles when play was halted, while Federschmidt held a 6-1, 3-0 lead at number-three singles when play was stopped. Hallett was leading her match at number-four singles 6-1, 1-0 and Boyer held a 6-1, 3-0 edge at number-six singles when her match was stopped.