Stephens College tennis sweeps Division II opponent Lincoln in regular season finale

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 9:47 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Stephens College tennis team closed out its regular season on Wednesday with a win. At home, the Stars swept NCAA Division II opponent Lincoln University in singles and doubles competitions to win 9-0.

“It was an emotional day for me as a coach,” Stephens College head tennis coach Lexie Payne said in a news release. “The graduating seniors are the foundation of this team. Across the board, everyone had a top-notch performance. It was an excellent way to finish out the regular season.”

Seniors Dina Kaissi and Chelsea Cross moved to 4-0 as a No. 1 doubles pair, defeating Alina Katrevich and Ashley Roling by a score of 8-3. Playing in their final matches on the Stephens College tennis courts, both seniors also won in their singles competition. Kaissi won in straight sets over Lindenwood’s Katrevich, while Cross was near perfect against Abigail Gober with a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Rounding out a positive day for the Stars were freshmen Courtney Huels and Gracie Strawn. The freshman combo outlasted Kamaria Braye and Abigail Gober in No. 2 doubles, 8-5. Huels finished Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles and Strawn followed suit with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at the No. 4 spot.

In their previous meeting on April 15, the Stars were without No. 2 player Cross and lost 5-4 in Jefferson City to the Blue Tigers.

The Stars travel to Joplin on Thursday in preparation for the conference and unaffiliated group tournament.

Stephens drew No. 1-seed Graceland University for its first-round match on Friday. In the recent Top 25 poll, the Yellowjackets were ranked 12th nationally.

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