Friday, April 25, 2014 | 9:06 p.m. CDT
COLUMBIA — The 2014 tennis season came to a close Friday for Stephens College after suffering a 9-0 loss to Graceland University.
Graceland is ranked No. 12 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and earned the No. 1 seed for this weekend's Unaffiliated Grouping — AMC/A.I.I./Frontier/HAAC/MCAC Tournament.
The winner of this weekend’s tournament in Joplin will clinch an automatic berth to the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship from May 13 to 17.
With the first-round loss, the Stars finished the year with a 5-10 overall record after going winless in 2013.
On Friday morning, the Stars were forced to play catch up, falling behind 3-0 after the doubles competition. At No. 1, Graceland defeated Stephens seniors Dina Kaissi and Chelsea Cross by a score of 8-3. The freshman duo of Courtney Huels and Gracie Strawn lost 8-2, while No. 3 doubles Emily Mendoza and Dani Kelley came up empty.
In singles play, the Stars prevented the Yellow Jackets from winning any matches in straight sets, but the closest they would get to a victory was the No. 2 singles where Chelsea Cross fell to Fatima Zahra El Otmany, 6-4, 6-1.