Augustana (S.D.) gets through NSIC undefeated for fifth year in a row
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Augustana (S.D.) finished its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule with a perfect record for the fifth consecutive season when it defeated Minnesota-Duluth 9-0 on Sunday morning.
The Vikings clinched their fifth consecutive NSIC regular-season title Saturday night then put the finishing touches on another undefeated conference season with an 11-0 mark on top of their 21-1 overall record. Minnesota-Duluth's season comes to a close with 1-11 overall record, 1-10 in NSIC action.
Augustana hopped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the team score, recording shutout wins in all three doubles matches. Katie Jesperson and Jessa Richards finished the regular season with a 20-0 mark in the top doubles flight, taking down UMD's No. 1 pairing 8-0.
Christine Olivo and Heather Sullivan were quick to pile on another win, scoring their victory in 8-0 shutout fashion at No. 2 doubles. Jenna Helleberg and Meredith Lawrence picked up their 21st doubles victory of the season, winning 8-0 on Sunday morning to complete the doubles sweep.
The Vikings were equally dominant in singles play, recording five shutout wins. Jesperson showed off her No. 4 region ranking with a 6-0, 6-0 win in the top singles match and Francesca Beg slid up to the No. 2 singles spot and registered a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
Those four games were the last the Bulldogs would win as the next four Vikings shut out their opponents. Olivo started the onslaught with her 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles and Helleberg followed suit in the No. 4 singles match.
Liz Lewis registered a 6-0, 6-0 win in the No. 5 singles match and Jessica Spalding polished off the flawless team victory with a 6-0, 6-0 victory of her own.