By Clinton Dick
The Lady Builder Tennis team avenged their loss to Ottawa University earlier this season Monday afternoon in Ottawa. The team slid by the Lady Braves 5-4 to win their first conference meet of the season.
The men’s team was not as successful, falling to Ottawa 8-1. Their lone win came in No. 6 singles where Hollace Dillon, freshman, beat Ottawa’s Brad Bleich, senior, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
The Lady Builders swept Ottawa in the doubles matches. Melissa Roetzer, senior, and Sarah Peck, sophomore, dominated No. 1 doubles over Ottawa’s Madeline Bellew, freshman, and Danika Good, freshman, 8-1. Abby Gengler, sophomore, and Kelsey Smith, sophomore, knocked off Michelle Westerman, freshman, and Ellen Agnew, freshman, in No. 2 doubles 8-6. In No. 3 doubles, Hayley Fort, junior, and Tyler Harrell, junior, sneaked by Ottawa’s Kimisha Peterson, freshman, and Bekka Bailey, freshman, 9-8 (8-6 tiebreaker).
Southwestern came away with two wins in singles. Smith won a competitive match with Westerman in -No. 2 singles 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. Haley Porter, freshman, beat Bailey 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 6 singles match. Roetzer fell to Bellew in No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-3. Peterson knocked off Peck 6-4, 6-1 in No. 3 singles. Agnew beat Gengler in No. 4 singles 6-2, 6-2, and Good won over Harrell in the third set of No. 5 singles 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
The tennis team’s next meet takes place at 3 p.m. Thursday in McPherson against the Bulldogs.
Clinton Dick is a senior majoring in convergent journalism. You may e-mail him at email@example.com