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Women's Tennis - Thu, May 18, 2017

Georgetown College women's tennis took strides forward and set the foundation upon which coach Jessica Cunningham wants to build. The No. 23 Tigers punched the team's first ticket to the NAIA Tennis National Championship since 2008. The result against No. 11 William Woods University was not what the team had hoped for, but did leave a lot to look forward to in the years to come.

"It was a tough 7-2 loss to William Woods, but boy they fought hard," Cunningham said. "We barely lost three doubles and won one doubles. Madelyn (Kauffman) won six singles for our second point. To know we graduate no one from this team is pretty exciting.

"We had so many coaches come up and congratulate us. Had referees coming up and telling me that our ladies have the best sportsmanship. Next year is going to get really interesting – new goals."

Juniors Shae Henry and Natalie Fiepke teamed up for the largest doubles victory in the match – 8-3 over Felicia Cesar and Julia Mulder. The freshman-sophomore duo of Kauffman and Abigail Kennedy nearly made it 2-1 in favor of the Tigers.

They battled strong at the three spot in doubles against Karyna Sagalai and Alba Salinas. However, the Owls held on for an 8-6 win. The second seed in doubles was also a gritty fight as the sophomore-freshman duo of Amanda Moore and Lauren Fazenbaker fell 8-5 to Chelsea Steward and Zlata Shuraeva.

Fazenbaker almost forced a tiebreaker, falling 6-3, 7-6 (10-2), in her second seed singles match. Moore also made the first set of her three seeded singles interesting before falling 7-5, 6-1.

Kauffman cruised to victory 6-3, 6-0 over Julia Mulder.

 
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