No. 6 RiverHawks complete fourth straight perfect MIAA season

NSU Sports
Don Vieth, Director of Athletic Communications

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – No. 6 Northeastern State earned its second straight team sweep on Wednesday with a 9-0 win over Lindenwood.  The victory over the Lions gave the RiverHawks (15-4, 9-0 MIAA) its fourth straight perfect season in MIAA play and its fourth straight outright conference title.

With 47 straight conference wins, NSU seniors Easton Parker and Molly Worden will graduate this spring without seeing a RiverHawks’ conference team loss.

The match, which was played on a neutral site after being postponed due to weather earlier in the season saw Northeastern State roll past Lindenwood (4-10, 3-5 MIAA) quickly in doubles.  In-between its three courts, the RiverHawks allowed only four overall game wins.

Northeastern State later won on all six flights in singles with Mayra Jovic completing an overall perfect regular season with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep on court-two to advance her record to 17-0 this spring.  Tatjana Stoll won 6-2, 6-0 on the RiverHawks’ top-court to move to 16-3 overall.

The NSU singles team finished MIAA play with a 49-5 record.  Jovic, Stoll, and Karla Tomaic all finished the conference season without a loss.

Coming up next, Northeastern State will be the top seed for the upcoming MIAA Tournament, which will start on April 16 in Lincoln, Neb.  The RiverHawks will face Missouri Western (10-11, 2-7 MIAA) in the opening round.  In the regular season, NSU swept the Griffons, 9-0 on the road.

ITA Notes 

  • In the April 11 release of the ITA Division II National Rankings, the RiverHawks held onto the No. 6 spot in the poll for the second week in a row.
  • Stoll climbed up two spots in the National singles poll to No. 6, while Jovic dispite not suffering a loss this spring slipped to down 12 spots to No. 51.
  • Stoll and Worden climbed up one place to No. 20 in doubles without playing a match together.

NCAA Regional Poll

  • For the second week in a row, the RiverHawks held onto the Central Region’s top spot with no-change among the top-5 teams.   The six and seven ranked teams traded spots, while Washburn entered the poll at No. 8.
Rank  School Overall Division II Record In-Region Record
1. Northeastern State (MIAA) 12-3 11-2
2. Central Oklahoma (MIAA) 15-1 15-1
3. Southwest Baptist (MIAA) 12-3 11-3
4. Oklahoma Baptist (GAC) 7-3 7-3
5. Augustana (NSIC) 16-3 14-2
6. Neb.-Kearney (MIAA) 12-6 11-6
7. Arkansas Tech (GAC) 6-5 6-3
8. Washburn (MIAA) 7-7 6-6