2008
Women's tennis finishes seventh in NAC tournament

Women's tennis finishes seventh in NAC tournament
October 5, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Benedictine University's women's tennis team placed seventh in the Northern Athletics Conference tournament, held on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 4-5) in Madison, Wis. The Eagles finish moves the team up a notch from last year, when it was tied for seventh place. Individually for the Eagles, senior Maggie Kane placed eighth at No. 1 singles. Kane extended her singles win streak to six matches with a first-round win, before seeing the skein snapped by a loss in the quarterfinals. Kane and No. 1 doubles partner Lisa Carillo-Gunning won their opening match, but suffered two consecutive losses in consolation to drop them out of the double-elimination event. At second singles, Carillo-Gunning ended up with a sixth place finish. The junior from Phoenix, Ariz., won her opening match in straight sets, lost in the quarterfinals and bounced back to win in consolation to advance her to the "placement round." There, Carillo-Gunning lost the match for fifth place. At No. 3 singles, sophomore Ewelina Stachulak finished in seventh place by going 2-2 in the tournament. Stachulak and No. 2 doubles partner Andrea Oliva gave the Benedictine team its highest finish at any flight by garnering a third place. The Stachulak-Oliva tandem blanked the duo from Lakeland in the opening round, 8-0. In the quarterfinals, they turned the tables on the team from Concordia University (Wis.) with an 8-3 upset (the CUW pair had defeated Stachulak and Oliva, 8-6, in a dual match earlier in the season). A loss to the eventual flight runners-up from Aurora droped the team into the third place match, where they defeated Milwaukee School of Engineering, 8-4. Oliva, playing at fourth singles, finished fourth at that flight, as well. At fifth singles, junior Jenni Brechtel lost both of her matches, while sophomore teammate Evangelina Gallegos earned a fifth place at No. 6 singles. The duo of Brechtel and Gallegos also hit its way to an eighth place at No. 3 doubles.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.