April 21, 2012
‘Cats return to MIAA Championship
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Northwest Missouri State women’s tennis team raced past Washburn on Saturday 5-0 to secure a spot in Sunday’s MIAA Women’s Tennis Championship match at the Plaza Tennis Center.
The Bearcats improved to 12-11 on the year earning revenge from an earlier loss to the Lady Blues in Topeka. Northwest returns to the championship match for the second straight year against top seed Southwest Baptist.
Last year, Northwest fell 5-2 to SBU for its second straight MIAA Championship match loss as the Bearcats will be looking for their first MIAA tournament crown since 2009.
On Saturday the Bearcats raced out to an early 3-0 lead picking up wins at all three doubles positions. However, the Lady Blues did not go down without a fight as Erika Leston and Leslee Feldhaus fought to a 9-7 win.
Emily Hoffman and Kim Ho would be tested as well picking up an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles after Camila Quesada and Alexis Bartek earned an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles.
In singles play it was the top two players for the Bearcats leading the team to its 12th win of the season.
Quesada claimed a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles after Leston notched her 10th win of the year at No 2 singles also winning 6-4, 6-1.
Northwest and SBU finished a match from last week on Friday morning that was suspended due to rain in both Bolivar and St. Joseph. SBU took the 5-4 win in the final conference regular season match. Action on Sunday is set for 11 a.m.
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