Tabor tennis team battles tough field at Newman

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College tennis team traveled to Wichita Friday and Saturday to compete in the Newman Invitational.

“This was a very tough tournament played under extreme conditions,” coach Lonnie Isaac said. “In the couple of the draws, we drew Wichita State in the first round, which is never an easy task.

“All the top junior college and NAIA programs in the region were at this tournament, so it gave our players a good chance to see how they measured up against some real quality competition,” he added. “We won only four matches the entire tournament we we competed well and had our chances to get several more wins.”

Tabor’s No. 1 doubles team of Laurel Delamater and Ashley Helmley lost to WSU, 4-8, and to Nebraska Wesleyan, 1-8.

In No. 2 doubles, Danni Brucks and Jennifer Proffitt lost to Southern Nazarene, 7-9, defeated Baker, 8-5, and lost to Seward County, 6-8.

In No. 3. doubles, Kim Harden and Lindsay Adrian lost to Oklahoma Baptist, 3-8, and Barton, 2-8.

In singles, No.1. Delamater lost to WSU, 0-6, 1-6, and Seward, 2-8.

No. 2 singles Brucks lost to William Jewel, 4-6, 4-6, and to Seward, 3-8; No. 3 Helmley lost to Independence, 4-6, 4-6, and Washburn, 2-8; No. 4 Proffitt lost to Barton, 4-6, 4-6, defeated Southern Nazarene, 8-1, and lost to Nebraska Omaha, 3-8; No. 5 Harden lost to Oklahoma Baptist 4-6, 2-6, defeated Newman, 8-2, and defeated Oklahoma Christian; No. 6 Adrian lost to Nebraska Omaha, 0-6, 0-6, and Oklahoma Christian, 3-8.

“We finally get some time off now to get a much needed break after playing seven of the last 12 days,” Isaac said.

Bethel-Tabor dropped a heart-breaking 5-4 decision to Bethel, Sept. 7.

In singles, No. 1 single Laurel Delamater fell to Katrina Brodhagen 2-6, 6-3, 3-6; No. 2 Danni Brucks losing to Veronica Bansemer 4-6, 1-6; No. 3 Ashlee Helmley defeated Amy Castle 7-6, 6-3; No. 4. Jennifer Proffitt beat Jodi Enz 6-7, 6-3, 7-6; No. 5 Kim Harden defeated Ashley Ulbrich 3-6, 6-2, 6-4; and No. 6 Lindsay Adrian fell to Shelly Wedel 2-6, 2-6.

In doubles, the No. 1 team of Delamater and Helmley lost to Brodhagen and Bansemer 3-6, 4-6; No. 2 Brucks and Proffitt defeated Castle and Ulbrich 7-6, 6-3; and No. 3 Adrian and Harden lost to Enz and Wedel 3-6, 5-7.

“We knew going in that we matched up very well with Bethel in the middle part of our lineup, and that the difference could come down to our top two singles and No. 1 doubles spot,” coach Lonnie Isaac said. “We were just on the short end of the stick today.

“The middle of our lineup played well, as is evidenced in the fact that we won at No. 3, 4 and 5 singles and No. 2 doubles,” Isaac said. “We came very close to getting a significant win for this program.

“When you consider that we lost 1-8 to them three days earlier, this was great was a great effort.”

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