WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's tennis team guaranteed itself of no worse than a second-place finish in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with a win over its arch rival Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Builders defeated the Falcons of Friends University, 9-0, at the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Center in Winfield.
Southwestern (14-4, 6-1 KCAC) opened the match with a convincing doubles sweep. The Lady Builders' No. 1 (Sydney Shields/Olivia Medaris) and No. 3 (Sadie Pfau/Savannah Caro) each defeated their Friends (3-9, 2-5 KCAC) counterparts by 8-3 margins, while Morgan Hughes and Anna Mankoski defeated the Falcons, 8-2, on the No. 2 court to give Southwestern a 3-0 lead.
Friends was simply out-matched by the Lady Builders in singles play. Southwestern surrendered just five games to the Falcons over the six singles matches, and completed the sweep with six straight-set wins. Sydney Shields downed Michaela Tubbs (6-2, 6-0) on the No. 1 court, while Olivia Medaris blaned Amanda Zavala (6-0, 6-0) at No. 2. Abbi Groff blitzed Cassidy Darrah on the No. 3 court (6-1, 6-0), while Anna Mankoski defeated Courtney Temen by an identical 6-1, 6-0 score at No. 4. Jerlecia Thompson and Taylor Crawford completed the sweep with lopsided wins of their own. Thompson handed Abigail Thibodeau a 6-0, 6-1 loss at No. 5, while Crawford downed Matty Donaldson at No. 6, 6-0, 6-0.
Wednesday's sweep moves Southwestern to 14-4 on the season, and 6-1 in KCAC play. The Lady Builders are scheduled to return to action Saturday, hosting Oklahoma Wesleyan and Missouri Valley for Senior Day. The OKWU match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., while the Missouri Valley contest is slated for 2 p.m., weather permitting, at the T.H. Vaughan Tennis Center.
Southwestern 9, Friends 0
1. Sydney Shields (SWC) def. Michaela Tubbs (FRND) 6-2, 6-0
2. Olivia Medaris (SWC) def. Amanda Zavala (FRND) 6-0, 6-0
3. Abbi Groff (SWC) def. Cassidy Darrah (FRND) 6-1, 6-0
4. Anna Mankoski (SWC) def. Courtney Temen (FRND) 6-1, 6-0
5. Jerlecia Thompson (SWC) def. Abigail Thibodeau (FRND) 6-0, 6-1
6. Taylor Crawford (SWC) def. Matty Donaldson (FRND) 6-0, 6-0
1. Sydney Shields/Olivia Medaris (SWC) def. Amanda Zavala/Cassidy Darrah (FRND) 8-3
2. Morgan Hughes/Anna Mankoski (SWC) def. Michaela Tubbs/Abigail Thibodeau (FRND) 8-2
3. Sadie Pfau/Savannah Caro (SWC) def. Victoria Minor/Courtney Temen (FRND) 8-3