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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

May 5, 2005

Women Come From Behind to Defeat Emporia 5-4 in Regional Final

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State women's tennis team is heading to NCAA Division II National Championships for the second straight season after a 5-4 come-from-behind win over No. 4 seed Emporia State in the North Central Region Championship today at Grube Courts. Northwest won the final three singles matches at No. 4, 5, and 6 after falling behind 4-2.

Northwest, who was the No. 1 seed in the region and earned the right to host, dropped two of three doubles matches to start. Freshmen Jordan Lipira and Lina Gomez pulled out an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles.

On the singles side, Emporia's Natalie Villaflor (No. 2) and Lacey Luina (No. 3) won in straight sets to put the Hornets in the drivers seat with a 4-2 lead. Senior Gena Lindsay played tough with a 6-2, 6-4 victory in the top singles flight to move to 19-1 on the year.

Gomez brought the Bearcats within a point at 4-3 taking down Karly Schultz (6-4, 4-6, 6-1) at No. 4 before freshman Emily Lindsay defeated Tayla Quick 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 to stay undefeated in 2006 (17-0). After taking the first set 6-1, Lipira succumbed in the second set 2-6 to Annie Booth at No. 5 singles. However, Lipira gave Northwest its 20th win of the year with a 6-2 win in the third and deciding set.

Northwest improves to 20-3 overall while Emporia ends its season at 17-7.

The women now compete at the NCAA Division II National Championships held in Kansas City, Mo., at the Plaza Tennis Center. Action lasts from May 10-13.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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