College athletes: Jesperson, Augustana reach tennis nationals

The Augustana tennis team led by Katie Jesperson, sophomore from Elk River, won the NSIC title and was top-seeded in the NCAA-II national tournament but was upset by Colorado Mesa 5-4 on their home court  at Sioux Falls in the semifinals April 29.

Katie Jesperson

Jesperson won at 1-singles and lost at 1-doubles in close matches. The Vikings finished 18-4. Jesperson was 14-3 in singles and 14-7 in doubles wit Michelle Wadas. She made first-team all-NSIC.

Dannie Skrove, Minnesota Gophers senior outfielder from Zimmerman, is batting .287 (14-for-49) with 10 runs, 8 RBI and 3 doubles in 26 games. The former Elk River shortstop missed 21 games of her final season with an injury. Skrove has  batted .165, .202 and .248 her first three seasons so she’s on pace for a career best. The Gophers are 7-11 in the BIg Ten and 28-17 overall.

Keagan Blancke, Northwestern College junior tennis player from Elk River, had a 14-5 record at No. 3 singles and 11-6 at No. 2 doubles with Philip Gudim. The Eagles finished 12-10 overall, 8-2 in conference. Blacke was one of four Eagles to get a USAC athlete of the week honor.

Cassandra Brown, sophomore from Elk River, was named second-team all-NSIC in tennis. Brown was 9-18 at No. 1 singles and 17-11 at No. 1 doubles.

Leah Koehler, Winona State tennis player from Elk River, was named NSIC freshman  of the year, after posting a 16-1 singles record and 14-3 in doubles. In conference she was 9-0 in singles and 7-2 in dubs with Laura Roesslein.