Tabor Bluejay tennis team competes at nationals in K.C.

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College tennis team competed in the Omni Hotels National Qualifier tournament in Kansas City on Friday and Saturday.

In No. 1 singles, Laurel Delamater drew a first round bye., then defeated Livia Ruas of Lindenwood, 6-0, 6-2, and Katie Musick of William Jewell, 6-3, 6-0, before losing to Katrina Brodhagen of Bethel, 0-6, 1-6.

In No. 2 singles, Danni Brucks had a first round bye, then lost to Emily Barks of Lindenwood, 1-6, 3-6.

In No. 3 singles, Ashlee Helmley drew a first-round bye, then lost to Allison Cobb of William Jewell, 4-6, 2-6.

Jennifer Proffitt, playing No. 4 singles, drew a first-round bye, then lost to Lori Autenreib of McKendree, 6-7, 6-2, 6-7.

In No. 5 singles, Kim Harden lost in the first round to Ashley Fann of William Jewell, 0-6, 3-6.

In No. 6 singles, Lindsay Adrian drew a first-round bye then lost to Jennifer Cloyd of University of Illinois-Springfield, 0-6, 0-6.

In No. 1 doubles, Delamater and Helmley drew a first-round bye, then defeated Cloyd and Gebbin of the University of Illinois-Springfield, 8-6, and No. 5 seed Wulfers and Sibley of UI-S before losing in the quarterfinals to No. 4 seed Brodhagen and Bansemer of Bethel, 6-8.

In No. 2 doubles, Brucks and Proffitt drew a first-round bye, then lost to Johnson and Brinkmeyer of McKendree, 1-8.

Harden and Adrian, playing No. 3 doubles Gertwisen and Passman of Graceland, 8-4, but fell to Burnette and Bank of St. Francis, 1-8.

“In certain areas this weekend I felt like we made some good strides,” coach Lonnie Isaac said. “Laurel and Ashley had a good win over the No. 5 seed in doubles. I felt like they moved better at the net and gave a much better effort on return games than they have all year.

“They’re beginning to understand each other better on the court and the results are steadily improving,” he added.

“We have our final three conference matches this week so it’s very important for us to have some good practices and have some positive results in match play to put us in a good position heading into the conference tournament.”

Hesston-Tabor took care of host Hesston College last week with 9-0 sweep.

In singles, No. 1 Laurel Delamater defeated Katie Martin 8-1, No. 2 Danni Brucks defeated Emily Kirk 8-0, and No. 3 Ashlee Helmley beat Ashley Luty 8-2.

Jennifer Proffitt, Kim Harden and Lindsay Adrian won by default.

In doubles, the No. 1 team of Delamater and Brucks defeated Martin and Kirk 8-2, while No. 2 Brucks and Proffitt defeated Luty and Imhoff 8-0.

No. 3 doubles Harden and Adrian won by default.

“This was a good match for us only because we were able to get back on the winning side,” coach Lonnie Isaac said. “Many of our players needed to get a win after playing some tough competition early this year.”

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