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Missouri Valley College Claims 7-2 Win Over Tennis Stars

Stephens executes well, earns victories at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles

COLUMBIA, Mo. - At home for the first time this season, the Stephens College tennis team played a hard-fought match with Missouri Valley College on Wednesday afternoon. The Stars collected wins at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles, but dropped the match to the Vikings, 7-2.

"Across the board, we implemented a lot of tactics, shots and strategy that we've worked on in practice," said head tennis coach Lexie Payne. "I was proud to see the team take this a step further and use these tools during play."

Senior Dina Kaissi improved to 3-2 on the year with a win over Lilian Blasque at No. 1 singles. Kaissi won the first set 6-1, was edged 7-6 (4) in set two and triumphed 10-8 in the tiebreaker set.

The Stars' other win on the day came by way of senior Chelsea Cross and freshman Gracie Strawn at No. 2 doubles. The veteran and newcomer teamed up to defeat Vikings' Sami Johnson and Jelica Stamatovic, 8-5.

Missouri Valley College registered one straight-set victory at No. 2 singles to go along with a perfect 8-0 tally in No. 3 doubles.

Following Spring Break, Stephens College tennis (1-4) will return to action with three road matches at Lincoln University on April 2, and Missouri Baptist University and Webster University on April 5.

Missouri Valley - 7
Stephens - 2

Columbia, Mo.

No. 1 - Dina Kaissi (SC) def. Lilian Blasque (MVC) - 6-1, 6-7 (4), (10-8)
No. 2 - Adela Gill (MVC) def. Chelsea Cross (SC) - 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 - Betsabe Vasquez (MVC) def. Courtney Huels (SC) - 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 - Daniela Cheda (MVC) def. Gracie Strawn (SC) - 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 - Christina Fergason (MVC) def. Dani Kelley (SC) - 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 - Beatriz Sales (MVC) def. Emily Mendoza (SC) - 6-1, 6-0

No. 1 - Lilian Blasque/Adela Gill (MVC) def. Dina Kaissi/Courtney Huels (SC) - 8-4
No. 2 - Chelsea Cross/Gracie Strawn (SC) def. Sami Johnson/Jelica Stamatovic (MVC) - 8-5
No. 3 - Vanessa Urbschat/Magi House (MVC) def. Dani Kelley/Emily Mendoza (SC) - 8-0

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Updated on April 25, 2014

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