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Bethel tennis player advances to semifinals

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Women’s tennis player Paige McKinney won her first match at the ITA/NAIA Small College National Tennis Championships in Mobile, Ala., earlier today.

McKinney, a senior from Newton, defeated the #2 seed Maria Klokotzky of Fresno Pacific 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 to advance to the semifinal round to be played Friday, Oct. 16 at 8:30 a.m. Her opponent is yet to be determined. McKinney qualified for the tournament by winning the ITA Midwest Regional in Topeka Sept. 26-28.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. In sports, Bethel is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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