Bluejay tennis season wraps up on high note

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College women’s tennis team completed its season over the weekend and indicated the young squad has set a great foundation for the future.

The Bluejays made it to the semifinals at the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament at Riverside Tennis Center in Wichita Friday and Saturday.

In Friday’s first match, Tabor defeated Friends, 5-0.

In doubles, the No. 1 team of Laurel Delamater and Ashlee Helmley defeated Hecht and Louvar, 6-2, 6-0. No. 2 team of Danni Brucks and Jennifer Proffitt defeated Barnett and Tucker 6-3, 6-0, the No. 3 team of Kim Harden and Lindsay Adrian defeated Porter and Turner, 6-0, 6-1.

In singles, No. 1 Delamater defeated Hecht 6-0, 6-0, and No. 6 Adrian defeated Vives 6-0, 6-0. Before match results were secured, coach Lonnie Isaac pulled his team off the courts to rest for the semifinals.

There, Tabor lost to Southwestern, 5-4. In doubles, Delamater and Helmley lost to Fry and Stinson 6-7, 4-6, Brucks and Proffitt lost to Rankin and Hefner 1-6, 3-6, and Harden and Adrian defeated Hudson and Drake 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

In singles, Delamater lost to Fry 5-7, 5-7, Brucks lost to Rankin 1-6, 0-6, Helmley lost Stinson 4-6, 4-6, Proffitt defeated Hefner 6-3, 7-6, Harden defeated Hudson 6-0, 6-1, Adrian beat Hodginson 6-1, 6-3.

“Our goal coming into the tournament was to move up one spot and make it to regionals in the spring,” coach Lonnie Isaac said. “We knew Southwestern would be our semifinals match and that it would be a very competitive dual.

“It was a real credit to our players that we were able to come back and stay in this match until the very end,” he added.

“At one point, Southwestern was up 3-1 with matches that had been completed. We came back to get the match squared at 4-4, but just came up a little short.”

Several Bluejays received All-KCAC honors. Heading the list was Delamater, who was a unanimous first-team selection in addition to be named the KCAC Freshman of the Year.

Brucks, a sophomore, earned first-team honors for the second straight year.

Named to the second team were Helmley and Proffitt, both sophomores.

Harden was named KCAC Scholar Athlete of the Year.

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