With the last point of a 6-1, 6-0 match, Jessica Emoto, fittingly, put the final touches on the first KCAC women’s tennis championship for the Tabor College Bluejays.
Emoto earned the fifth point of the dual, guaranteeing Tabor the win. The Bluejays ended up winning the dual, 9-0, to complete an 8-1 regular season.
Tabor took a commanding 3-0 lead after doubles when Emoto and Mandi Hiett took No. 1 doubles with an 8-4 win, Heidi Klaassen and Olivia Brubacher took No. 2 doubles with an easy 8-0 victory, and Tessa Isaac and Naima Mexsen secured an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles.
Soon after taking the courts to warm up for her singles matches, Mexsen scored the fourth point when her opponent could not get through warm-ups, leading to a forfeit.
At that point, it was just a matter of time before the Bluejays could celebrate, given that Emoto was undefeated in conference play.
She completed her match just minutes before Klaassen and Brubacher completed theirs. Hiett followed with her 6-0, 6-1 win not long after that, and when Lindsey Stroud completed her 8-2 win at No. 6 singles, the celebration could begin.
The Bluejays will be the No. 2 seed in the KCAC tournament, which will take place this week. Tabor’s first match will be against either McPherson or Kansas Wesleyan at 2 p.m. April 29 at the Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka. —Tabor College