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Short-Handed Stars Fall 5-4 to NCAA DII Lincoln

Senior Dina Kaissi and freshmen Courtney Huels and Gracie Strawn earned victories on Tuesday

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Down a key player on Tuesday evening, the Stephens College tennis team was forced to give up a pair of points at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 single. Ultimately, the two free points awarded to NCAA Division II Lincoln University were a difference maker in the Stars’ narrow 5-4 loss.

With the absence of senior Chelsea Cross, the Stars’ Nos. 3-6 players each moved up a spot in singles and doubles action.

Senior Dina Kaissi extended her current winning streak in both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles to four matches. Kaissi improved her No. 1 singles record to 7-4 on the season with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Lincoln No. 1 Alina Katrevich. At No. 1 doubles, Kaissi teamed up with freshman Courtney Huels for an 8-1 win.

“We are very much looking forward to playing our full lineup against Lincoln at home on Monday,” said head tennis coach Lexie Payne. “[Freshman] Courtney Huels had a stellar day. She dominated her opponents in both singles and doubles, who were all very skilled players.”

Huels and fellow freshman Gracie Strawn also captured Ws in singles competition. At No. 2 singles, Huels defeated Abigail Gober in straight sets. Strawn flourished in her first time playing at the No. 3 spot, beating Blue Tigers’ Ashley Roling 6-2, 6-3.

Lincoln - 5
Stephens - 4
Jefferson City, Mo.

No. 1 – Dina Kaissi (SC) def. Alina Katrevich (LU) - 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 – Courtney Huels (SC) def. Abigail Gober (LU) - 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 – Gracie Strawn (SC) def. Ashley Roling (LU) – 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 – Jasmine Daniel (LU) def. Dani Kelley (SC) – 7-5, 6-0
No. 5 – Kamaria Braye (LU) def. Emily Mendoza (SC) – 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 – Brittanee Wells (LU) won by default

No. 1 – Dina Kaissi/Courtney Huels (SC) def. Alina Katrevich/Ashley Roling (LU) – 8-1
No. 2 – Kamria Braye/Abigail Gober (LU) def. Gracie Strawn/Dani Kelley (SC) – 8-3
No. 3 – Jasmine Daniel/Brittanee Wells (LU) won by default

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