Women miss winning HAAC title, look to regionals

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The Baker University men’s tennis team finished its season last weekend after losing in the semifinals at the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament against Benedictine College with a score of 5-0.

The Cats’ beat William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo., in the first round with a score of 5-0.

“We played a lot better against Benedictine (College) than we did the first time we played them,” freshman Hunter Hollarn said. “We still had three matches still on court after Benedictine had won five that we could have won, which was better than the 1-8 loss we had to them earlier in the year.”

The women’s team placed second in the tournament after losing to William Jewell College 5-3 in the finals. The team beat Benedictine 5-1 in the semi-finals.

During the team’s win against Benedictine, junior Megan Lamb swept her singles matches with scores of 6-0, while junior Kelsey Stephens won with scores of 6-1 and 6-3. The ‘Cats went on to sweep the doubles matches.??

“(The loss to William Jewell) was a little disappointing because if we would have beaten them, we would have been outright conference champions,” junior Ashley Hutchinson said. “We beat them in the regular season so we know they are definitely a beatable team.”

The ‘Cats will continue compete at regionals this weekend in St. Louis.