(Fort Wayne, Ind.) – The Kansas City women’s tennis squad nearly pulled off the upset on Saturday afternoon, but in the end, top-seeded Fort Wayne held on to claim the Summit League Championship in dramatic fashion, topping the ‘Roos 4-3.
The Mastodons (23-7) took the doubles point pretty quickly, which in the end, would prove to be the difference. It took out UMKC (11-14) at No. 1 and No. 3 by a 8-3 and 8-4 scores.
The ‘Roos came out strong in singles play though, winning the first match at the No. 1 spot as Laura Bouet handed Summit League Player of the Year Anita Henestrosa her first loss against a Summit League opponent this season. She did it in straight sets as well, taking it 6-4, 6-2.
IPFW went back up 2-1 with a win at No. 2, but UMKC got back even at 2-2 when senior Suzan Lisenby won her final career match at the No. 5 spot in straight sets. The ‘Dons answered with a win at the No. 4 spot, but the third Kansas City senior, Eva Dalvai, tied it up at three. She closed her match out in impressive fashion in the third set, winning 6-0.
It all came down to the match at No. 6, but IPFW’s Marcy Huck out-lasted Amelie Amsallem to seal the crown. Amsallem battled hard despite nagging injuries, forcing a third set by winning a second-set tiebreaker, but Huck sealed it 6-2 in the deciding set.
The ‘Roos senior class finished their careers as the winningest in school history, finishing second in the regular season this year, its highest ever, and making it to the title game of the league tournament two times, the only two appearances ever. They also broke the school record for wins in a season three times.
IPFW 4, Kansas City 3
Apr 27, 2013 at Fort Wayne, Ind. (Dr. Rudy and Rhonda Kachmann Tennis Cent)
|1. Laura Bouet (UMKC) def. Anita Henestrosa (IPFW) 6-4, 6-2|
|2. Caterina Kiefer (IPFW) def. Dimitra Stavrianakou (UMKC) 6-3, 7-5|
|3. Eva Dalvai (UMKC) def. Kristine Lindal (IPFW) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0|
|4. Miloslava Shustova (IPFW) def. Maddie Schulte (UMKC) 7-5, 6-4|
|5. Suzan Lisenby (UMKC) def. Theresa Neumeyr (IPFW) 6-1, 7-5|
|6. Marcy Huck (IPFW) def. Amelie Amsallem (UMKC) 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2|
|1. Anita Henestrosa/Caterina Kiefer (IPFW) def. Laura Bouet/Eva Dalvai (UMKC) 8-3|
|2. Theresa Neumeyr/Miloslava Shustova (IPFW) vs. Amelie Amsallem/Suzan Lisenby (UMKC) 7-4, unfinished|
|3. Kristine Lindal/Marcy Huck (IPFW) def. Gabby Pintos/Maddie Schulte (UMKC) 8-4|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,2,5,4,3,6)|
|Championship Match of the 2013 Summit League Tennis Championships|
|Winner earns an automatic berth into the 2013 NCAA Tournament|