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Women’s tennis finishes year with singles win at nationals

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College women’s tennis team made its third straight appearance May 17 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Tennis Championships in Mobile, Ala.

Although the Threshers lost 1-8 in the first round of the tournament to Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, Calif.), they recorded the first singles win at the national tournament under the coaching of Lonnie Isaac.

Rachael Bachman, senior from Emporia, won her #6 singles game, 6-1, 6-0, against Vanguard’s Ashley Tebeau.

“I was really proud of how the women competed against another really strong team,” Isaac said. “Despite the individual scores, I think most of the players felt like they hit the ball well.”

He continued, “The decision was made Sunday to give Rachael the chance at #6 singles despite her knee [injury from earlier in the season], and she made the most of that opportunity. I was really glad to see her play at a high level and get a victory at the national tournament.”

Bachman and the team’s other senior, Allison Kaster, Wichita, “have meant so much to this program, and the fact that it was one of our seniors getting that first win is a real highlight,” Isaac said. “We will definitely miss these two, as they have been leaders both on and off the court.

“We got our first point at a national tournament – now we just need to keep working to get our first team win. I know the returners will work hard and will come back ready to make another run. It has been another tremendous year and I am very thankful to all the players for their efforts.”

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is in the first tier in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. In sports, Bethel competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the NAIA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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