MADISON, Wis. — The Alverno College tennis team concluded its season at the 2010 Northern Athletics Conference Individual Championship this weekend at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Sophomore Abigail Kohal (Wauwatosa, Wis./West) advanced the furthest in
the singles play, reaching the semifinals of the B-flight tournament before falling to Aurora University‘s Elizabeth Pfaff in two sets, 7-5, 6-3.
Kohal’s three wins in the tournament doubled her season win total,
finishing up 2010 at 6-12 in singles play.
“Abigail played the best tennis she’s played all season,” Alverno head
coach Erin Felber said.
Gabby Allen (Milwaukee/Bay View) made it to the quarterfinals of the
B-flight tournament, also losing to Pfaff. Allen won the first set 6-2,
before dropping the second set 7-6 on a 10-5 tiebreaker, and then being
edged out in the third set 7-5.
With her two tournament wins, Allen finished the season with a team-best
singles record of 9-7.
Senior Sherquila Riley (Milwaukee/Washington) was the only other Inferno
player to pick up a win in singles play. Riley won her first match of
the C-flight tournament, 8-5, over MSOE‘s Marguerite Wellstein before
falling to eventual runner-up Emily Hereford of Dominican University,
8-0, in the round of 16.
Riley closed out the season at 7-9 in singles play.
In doubles action, Kohal teamed up with Andrea Derrick (Greenfield,
Wis.) and received the B-flight tournament’s top seed. The duo advanced
to the semifinals, before falling to Marian University‘s fourth-seeded
team of Rachel Brotz and Rebecca Hezcko, 8-2.
“Andrea and Abigail played great together at doubles. They worked and
communicated well with each other and they fought hard until the end.”
Alverno–in just its second season of intercollegiate
competition–finished the season with a 5-9 overall mark, and was tied
for eighth at 4-7 in the NAC standings, just a win back of making the
NAC team tournament in the spring.
“I’m very proud of the improvements we made throughout the season. We’ve
come a long way from last year and the Alverno tennis program is headed
in the right direction.”