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Stars Improve One Point In Second Meeting with Missouri Baptist

Stephens seniors Dina Kaissi and Chelsea Cross picked up key conference wins in 6-3 loss to Missouri Baptist

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Stephens College tennis suffered a 6-3 setback against the Missouri Baptist Spartans Friday evening at the SC Tennis Courts.

Stephens began the afternoon with a doubles victory at the No. 1 spot. Switching up partners from earlier this season, the Stars went with Dina Kaissi and Chelsea Cross at No. 1 doubles and it paid off. The senior duo defeated MBU’s Nika Juricic and Shelby Mund, 8-5.

In No. 2 doubles, the freshman tandem of Courtney Huels and Gracie Strawn fought until the end, but was edged out by Kathryn Randolph and Haley Grueber, 8-6. Before singles competition, the Spartans grabbed a 2-1 advantage with a win over Dani Kelley and Emily Mendoza.

The momentum continued for Kaissi and Cross as both earned points in their No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches. Kaissi’s opponent retired from competition, while Cross won with ease over Shelby Mund [6-0, 6-1].

At No. 3 singles, Huels had a back and forth match with Kathryn Randolph, but eventually fell in the tiebreaker set [5-7, 6-2, (5)].

To seal the deal, Missouri Baptist won in straight sets at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

Missouri Baptist - 6
Stephens - 3
Columbia, Mo.

No. 1 – Dina Kaissi (SC) def. Nika Juricic – 5-7, retired
No. 2 – Chelsea Cross (SC) def. Shelby Mund (MBU) – 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 – Kathryn Randolph (MBU) def. Courtney Huels (SC) – 7-5, 2-6, (5)
No. 4 – Haley Grueber (MBU) def. Gracie Strawn (SC) – 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 – Sheena Payton (MBU) def. Dani Kelley (SC) – 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 – Nicole Savant (MBU) def. Emily Mendoza (SC) – 6-0, 6-0

No. 1 – Dina Kaissi/Chelsea Cross (SC) def. Nika Juricic/Shelby Mund (MBU) – 8-5
No. 2 – Kathryn Randolph/Haley Grueber (MBU) def. Courtney Huels/Gracie Strawn (SC) – 8-6
No. 3 – Sheena Payton/Nicole Savant def. Dani Kelley/Emily Mendoza (SC) – 8-1

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Updated on April 12, 2014

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