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KWU Tennis Competes at ITA Regional

KSAL Sports - September 23, 2013 6:02 am

OMAHA, Neb. – The Kansas Wesleyan tennis teams competed on Friday and Saturday in the USTA/ITA Small College Regional Championships hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan, and came away with some impressive performances at the Koch Tennis Center in Omaha.
A total of 13 teams competed in the event from Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

“We did really well in the tournament,” KWU tennis coach Bob Warkentine said.

On the men’s side, Leo Mendez won his opening round match over Alex Struck from Morningside (Iowa) 6-2, 6-1, and then was defeated by Nebraska Wesleyan’s Seth Peters 6-4, 4-6, 3-10. Alex White was also victorious in his opening round over Morningside’s Ryder Ross 6-0, 6-3 and lost in the second round to Baker’s Gavin Webster 6-1, 7-6. Daniel Railsback lost his opening round match to Bethel’s Wes Goodrich 3-6, 3-6, but won his next match over Alex Struck from Morningside 3-8 and finished play defeating Peters from Nebraska Wesleyan 8-5. Taylor Bahan lost his opening round to McPherson’s Connor Schafer 1-6, 1-6 and then lost to Hampton’s Kampschneider 8-2.

In men’s doubles, Mendez and White lost to Aaron Greenbaum and Dylan Geick 5-8, and then picked up wins over Morningside’s Matt Enderlin and Ryder Ross 8-2, and then a pair of wins over teams from Midland 8-2 and 9-7 to win the consolation bracket. The team of Railsback and Bahan lost to a team from Midland 3-8, then lost to Nebraska Wesleyan 4-8.

The Coyote women put on an even more impressive showing, led by Tia Irwin who won the tournament thanks to several tiebreaker wins. She opened beating Tokeca Kekphart of Nebraska Wesleyan 6-0, 6-0, then beat Baker’s Jaimie Myers 6-7, 7-6, 10-7, then beat Midland’s Whitney Schutt 6-4, 2-6, 10-6, then beat teammate Cassidy Cook 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 and then beat NWU’s Valerie Robinson 6-4, 2-6, 10-6.

Cassidy Cook opened with a win over NWU’s Jamie Koens 6-2, 6-2 and then beat NWU’s Jennifer Heywood 6-3, 6-3. She next faced teammate Sydney Reese winning 6-1, 6-0 before losing to fellow teammate Tia Irwin in the semifinals. Vallerie Zuaznabar beat Bethel’s Rachel Shogren 6-2, 6-1 and then won over teammate Maria Rodriguez 7-5, 3-6, 10-3 and then lost to Robinson from Nebraska Wesleyan in the semifinals 1-6, 0-6.

Rodriguez opened her tournament with a win over Lauren Janssen from Midland 6-0, 6-0 and then beat Midland’s Jordane Warkentin 6-0, 6-3 before losing to teammate Zuaznabar. Sydney Reese won her opener over Midland’s Becca Walker 6-1, 6-0 and then beat Kendra Cersiosimo from Nebraska Wesleyan 6-0, 6-0 and then beat McPherson’s Alexandra Moore 6-3, 6-3 before losing to Cook.

In doubles, Irwin and Cook teams up to beat Robinson and Koens from Nebraska Wesleyan 8-5 and then beat Bethel 8-2 and will meet fellow teammates Zuaznabar and Rodriguez for the championship in a match that will be played later in Salina. Zuaznabar and Rodriguez opened with an 8-0 win over Janssen and Ramm from Midland, then beat NWU’s Bueltel and Brower 8-5 and Baker’s Lockwood and Metseff 8-2 to set up the championship match against Irwin and Cook.

The next tennis action for the Coyotes will be on October 19 when both the men and women head to Hillsboro to take on Tabor at 9 a.m., followed by Doane (Neb.) at Noon and Baker at 3 p.m.