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Stephens Tennis Beats Central Christian College for First Win of Season

Momentum carries over into Friday evening match as Stars defeat the Tigers, 7-2

SALINA, Kan. - The Stephens College tennis program grabbed its first team win of the spring on Friday (Feb. 21) against Central Christian College, taking down the team from McPherson, Kan., 7-2. With the victory, the Stars improved their overall record to 1-2 on the season.

To kickstart the evening, the Stars claimed two of three doubles matches. Both the No. 1 and No. 2 pairs won with ease and gave the team a 2-1 lead heading into singles competition. Senior Dina Kaissi and freshman Courtney Huels teamed up for an 8-0 win over the Tigers' top two individuals, while the duo of Chelsea Cross and Gracie Strawn defeated Stevie Ellis and Megan Carter (CCC) by a score of 8-2.

At No. 1 singles, Kaissi picked up her second win in a row and managed an 8-0 sweep of Tori McCord. Her doubles partner, Courtney Huels was the only other player to win 8-0.

Both Chelsea Cross and Gracie Strawn defeated their opponents, 8-2, while Stars' Dani Kelley edged Em Barnett of CCC, 8-6. She reached a milestone along the way earning her first career singles win at the collegiate level.

Rounding out the competition was junior Emily Mendoza, who was competitive at the No. 6 spot, but fell short in an 8-5 loss.

Stephens has a chance to come out of the weekend .500 with a win over McPherson College on Saturday afternoon. Tomorrow's tennis action is set to start at 2:45 p.m.

Stephens - 7
Central Christian - 2

Salina, Kan.

No. 1 - Dina Kaissi (SC) def. Tori McCord (CCC) - 8-0
No. 2 - Chelsea Cross (SC) def. Shelby Mathis (CCC) - 8-2
No. 3 - Courtney Huels (SC) def. Stevie Ellis (CCC)- 8-0
No. 4 - Gracie Strawn (SC) def. Megan Carter (CCC) - 8-2
No. 5 - Dani Kelley (SC) def. Em Barnett (CCC) - 8-6
No. 6 - Elyse Merritt (CCC) def. Emily Mendoza (SC) - 8-5

No. 1 - Dina Kaissi/Courtney Huels (SC) def. Tori McCord/Shelby Mathis (CCC) - 8-0
No. 2 - Chelsea Cross/Gracie Strawn (SC) def. Stevie Ellis/Megan Carter (CCC) - 8-2
No. 3 - Em Barnett/Elyse Merritt (CCC) def. Dani Kelley/Emily Mendoza (SC) - 9-8 (1)

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