NSU Tennis looking to make history
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NSU Tennis looking to make history

Published 4/17/18

Zach Cobler 

TNE Writer

NSU tennis has been the picture of perfection in conference play over the past four years. The RiverHawks tennis team recently completed their fourth straight season in which they finished conference play undefeated. They have won 47 straight MIAA conference games and have clinched the last four titles without a hiccup. 

The RiverHawks have handled the success very well. With the success comes a level of recruiting from the coach. Despite adding more talent the team has gelled and improved to statistically the best team NSU has ever had. 

“This year the team three new players,” said Valeriia Efimenko, women’s tennis assistant coach. “They all play in the top of the lineup and are very good assets to the team. With them this year, the team is stronger than ever before and the new national ranking of No. 5 confirmed that.” 

The last time the RiverHawks lost in conference play was on April 27, 2014. Since then, the Riverhawks have went on to win 5 straight MIAA regular season titles and have reached the Round of 16 in the postseason tournament. 

NSU will hope to get over the hump of losing in the Round of 16 this season as they head into postseason play with the highest ranking they have ever had. 

“The team just started the postseason with the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament,” said Efimenko. “They have been working very hard to get where they are no and they know that they are capable of going far this year.” 

The RiverHawks finished their regular season 15-4 (9-0 MIAA) and are the No. 6 team in the nation according to the ITA Division II Poll and the No. 1 team in the Central Region Poll. The RiverHawks have advanced in the MiAA conference tournament after beating Missouri Western State in the first round. The RiverHawks have set lofty goals for themselves as they chase history. 

“The goal is to get to the Elite 8at nationals,” said Efimenko. “The girls want to continue making school history."  

The RiverHawks will continue their postseason play against Washburn on April 17 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The last time the RiverHawks and the Ichabods played the RiverHawks walked away with a 6-3 victory. If the RiverHawks beat Washburn they would play in the MIAA tournament championship at 6 p.m. on April 18 against the winner of Central Oklahoma and Southwest Baptist, both teams the RiverHawks beat in the regular season. 

 

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