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Stephens Tennis Defeats NCAA DII Lincoln 9-0 in Regular-Season Finale

Stars avenge earlier 5-4 loss with convincing sweep of Blue Tigers at home Wednesday

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Stephens College tennis team (5-9) closed out its regular season on Wednesday with its biggest victory to date. At home, the Stars swept NCAA Division II Lincoln University in both singles and doubles competition to win 9-0.

In the previous meeting (April 15), the Stars were without No. 2 player Chelsea Cross and were edged 5-4 in Jefferson City. Playing at full strength on Wednesday afternoon, Stephens showed its true potential by winning each flight in dominant fashion.

“It was an emotional day for me as a coach,” said Stephens College head tennis coach Lexie Payne. “The graduating seniors are the foundation of this team. Across the board, everyone had a top-notch performance. It was an excellent way to finish out the regular season.”

Seniors Dina Kaissi and Chelsea Cross moved to 4-0 as a No. 1 doubles pair, defeating Alina Katrevich and Ashley Roling by a score of 8-3. Playing in their final matches on the Stephens College tennis courts, both seniors cruised in singles competition. Kaissi won in straight sets over LU’s Katrevich, while Cross was near perfect against Abigail Gober with a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Another highlight of Wednesday was the first win of the season at No. 3 doubles. Senior Dani Kelley and junior Emily Mendoza took care of business, winning 8-3. In singles, the upperclassmen both won 6-0 in the first sets and closed out with 6-1 and 6-4 wins, respectively.

Rounding out a perfect day for the Stars were freshmen Courtney Huels and Gracie Strawn. The freshman combo outlasted Kamaria Braye and Abigail Gober in No. 2 doubles, 8-5. Huels finished Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles and Strawn followed suit with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at the No. 4 spot.

On Thursday, the Stars will travel to Joplin, Mo. in preparation for the conference/unaffiliated group tournament. Stephens drew No. 1-seed Graceland University for its first-round match on Friday. In the recent Top 25 poll, the Yellowjackets were ranked 12th nationally.

Stephens - 9
Lincoln - 0
Columbia, Mo.

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

No. 1 – Dina Kaissi/Chelsea Cross (SC) def. Alina Katrevich/Ashley Roling (LU) - 8-3
No. 2 – Courtney Huels/Gracie Strawn (SC) def. Kamaria Braye/Abigail Gober (LU) – 8-5
No. 3 – Dani Kelley/Emily Mendoza (SC) def. Jasmine Daniel/Brittanee Wells (LU) – 8-3

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Updated on April 23, 2014

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