Stephens College tennis swept by Baker and Evangel
SPRINGFIELD - Without a full lineup on Saturday, the Stephens College tennis team started each match in a 2-0 hole and was unable to overcome the deficit. The Stars lost to both Baker University and No. 24 Evangel University by a score of 9-0.
Without No. 3 singles/No. 2 doubles player Gracie Strawn, who had auditions for the Okoboji Summer Theatre program, head tennis coach Lexie Payne shifted her Nos. 4, 5 and 6 players up one spot in each match contest played at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.
With the pair of losses, the Stars dropped to 2-5 on the season and are still in search of their first win against a team from the Unaffiliated Grouping (AMC, HAAC, MCC.
SC nearly avoided the sweep against Baker, however came up short at No. 1 singles - the closest match of the day. Courtney Huels took her match to three sets, but lost in the tiebreaker to Baker's top individual Holly Chestnut.
"Courtney did an excellent job moving the ball early in the points and decisively dictated play," Payne noted. "She was also returning serves exceptionally well, which is something she has used to her advantage all season."
Playing against Evangel, their first Top 25 opponent this season, the Stars struggled to put points on board. EU won in straight sets four of the seven matches played. For Stephens, Hannah Dorey had the best performance against the 24th-ranked Crusaders winning three games in a 6-0, 6-3 match against Jenna Elliott at No. 2 singles.
The Stars will play at the Stephens College Tennis Courts for the first time this season as they enter a five-match homestand. Up first is a match with NCAA Division II Fort Hays State University.