The Northwest Missouri State University women’s tennis team will take on Midwestern State in the NCAA Division II Tournament round of 16 at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Sanlando Park Tennis Center in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
The Bearcats are the No. 10 seed and the Mustangs are the No. 7 seed. The winner will take on the winner of the University of Indianapolis (22-0) vs. Goldey-Beacom College (16-4) match. UIndy is the No. 2 seed and Goldey-Beacom is the No. 15 seed.
Northwest and Midwestern State met earlier this season on March 24 in Wichita Falls, Texas, with the Bearcats securing a 5-2 victory.
The Bearcats (19-6 overall) are making their eighth Sweet 16 appearance in program history. The Mustangs (21-6) secured their fifth trip in the last six seasons to the NCAA Championship site.
Northwest has advanced to the national quarterfinals on two occasions (1997, 2003). In 1997, Northwest defeated Presbyterian before falling to Armstrong Atlantic in the national quarterfinals. In 2003, Northwest took down Slippery Rock (Pa.) before dropping its national quarterfinal matchup with Barry (Fla.).
Freshman Julia Aliseda and senior Julie Rinderknech lead the squad in singles’ victories with 24 each. Aliseda, ranked No. 57 in the ITA, is 24-7 overall and 19-4 at No. 4 singles. Aliseda is currently riding a six-match win streak in singles. Rinderknech is 24-6 overall and 19-4 at No. 5 singles. Rinderknech is 8-1 in her last nine singles matches.
Sophomore Irene Recuenco, who is ranked No. 17 by the ITA, is 21-9 overall. She went 15-6 at No. 2 singles and is 1-1 at No. 1 singles. Recuenco is coming off a straight sets win over No. 4-ranked Alexis Czapinski (Washburn), 6-2, 6-4.
Junior Marta Ferrando is 22-8 and has gone 18-5 at No. 3 singles. Ferrando is the midst of a seven-match win streak in singles play.
Junior Sara Grozdanovic is 15-6 overall, including a 10-4 mark at No. 6 singles.
Northwest’s No. 1 doubles team of Tania Teruel and Ferrando are ranked No. 15 by the ITA. Teruel and Ferrando are 10-10 in doubles play this season.
Northwest’s No. 2 doubles pairing of Alilseda and Recuenco are 8-1 in their last nine dual matches.
Recuenco leads the team in doubles victories with 22 this season. In dual play, Recuenco has posted a mark of 21-3 in doubles action.
Head coach Mark Rosewell has led 38 teams (20 men, 18 women) to NCAA Tournament play in his tenure at Northwest. Rosewell has accumulated 1,117 career coaching victories, including 1,095 at Northwest.
— Northwest Athletics —