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BURNSVILLE, Minn. - Six Augustana women’s tennis players earned All-NSIC honors in a release by the conference on Tuesday afternoon.  Katie Jesperson was named player of the year, Jessa Richards grabbed freshman of the year honors and head coach Marc Kurtz earned his third coach of the year accolades.
 
Jesperson, Richards, and Michelle Wadas each earned first-team honors while Hannah Gebauer was named to the second team and Heather Sullivan was honored with third-team accolades for their singles play.
 
Jesperson and Wadas were named to the first-team as the Vikings’ top doubles pairing, Richards and Gebauer were placed on the doubles second team, and Sullivan and partner Jenna Helleberg were named to the third team as a doubles pairing.
 
Jesperson was undefeated against Dvision II competition and moved up to No. 2 in the final regular season Central Region singles rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.  Jesperson, a native of Elk, River, Minn., tallied a 19-1 overall record, 16-0 against Division II opponents and a perfect 8-0 in NSIC singles matches.
 
Richards becomes Augustana’s first-ever NSIC freshman of the year after she recorded a 16-3 record in her first collegiate season.  Richards, an Eden Prairie, Minn. native, went a perfect 10-0 in NSIC competition, including three wins at No. 1 singles.  In the final regular-season ITA singles rankings, Richards moved up to No. 19 in the Central Region.
 
Kurtz is collecting his third NSIC coach of the year honors in the past four seasons.  In 2013, Kurtz led the Vikings to a 21-3 record, NSIC regular-season and tournament championships, and Augustana’s fourth consecutive NCAA Central Region tournament berth.  The Vikings only recorded one loss against Division II competition and that came to No. 35 Southwest Baptist in the NCAA Tournament. 
 
Over his five years, Kurtz has posted a 94-25 record, including a 51-3 record in the NSIC.  Under Kurtz’s tutelage, the Vikings have won 43 straight NSIC regular season matches, including 29 shutout victories.  The Vikings have now won four straight NSIC regular season championships and consecutive NSIC Tournament titles.
 
Wadas earned her second-consecutive first-team All-NSIC honors and fourth straight year by earning postseason awards.  The Fort Collins, Colo. native put up a 13-3 record on the singles circuit in her senior season, playing the No. 3 singles flight for the Vikings.
 
From Sioux Falls, S.D., Geabuer finishes her fruitful career at Augustana with more postseason awards. This is her fourth straight year earning All-NSIC honors in singles and the third time she has been named to the second team.  Gebauer, predominantly playing No. 4 singles, finished her senior season with a 17-1 record, losing her only match to Division I Radford, and went undefeated in NSIC competition with a 10-0 record.
 
Sullivan makes it two consecutive years in earning All-NSIC honorable mention honors in singles.  The sophomore from Mankato, Minn., played at No. 5 singles for most of the season and posted a 15-4 record, 10-1 in NSIC action.
 
Jesperson and Wadas grabbed first-team honors in the doubles selection for the second straight year.  The No. 1 doubles pairing went 15-4 against Division II competition and collected two wins against Division I opponents.
 
Richards and Gebauer only paired up for one year, but the two posted an outstanding 23-1 doubles record to garner second-team All-NSIC honors.  The No. 2 doubles tandem notched the only Augustana victory in the Vikings’ 5-1 loss to No. 35 Southwest Baptist in the NCAA Central Region tournament.
 
Sullivan teamed up with Helleberg for the Vikings No. 3 doubles pairing and earned Honorable Mention All-NSIC accolades.  The duo recorded a 17-5 mark including a victory over Division I Chicago State.
 
The Vikings’ season came to a close when they fell 5-1 at No. 35 Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, Mo. in the NCAA Central Region Tournament.  Augustana finished the season 21-3, 12-0 in NSIC competition to win the NSIC regular season title and earned the NSIC Tournament title as well.

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