May 19, 2010
Mobile, Ala. – The Shorter College women’s tennis team was eliminated from the 2010 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship on Wednesday afternoon after falling to seventh-ranked and seventh-seeded Azusa Pacific University, 5-0, at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.
The Lady Hawks, ranked No. 11 in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll, end their season with an 18-7 record – the best final record for the program since the 2006 campaign.
Azusa Pacific (14-7) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the doubles competition and never looked back. The Lady Cougars are making their 11th appearance in the NAIA National Championship.
Shorter, which was making its ninth trip to the championships overall and first since 2007, put up a fight with the hope of advancing into Thursday’s Elite Eight, but alas was no match for the western power.
The Lady Hawks dropped two doubles matches by a count of 8-4 – Michaela Tingets and Danielle Monteith fell to APU’s Sheryl Bon and Natalie McNall at No. 1 doubles and Coralie Fayard and Emmanuelle Beaucoudrey took a loss at No. 2 – and suffered an 8-2 defeat at No. 3 doubles.
Bon topped Beaucoudrey at No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-1 and Azusa Pacific’s Casey Wetzig defeated Nienke van Staveren 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 singles to seal the Lady Hawks’ fate.
Despite the early exit for the Lady Hawks, the 2010 season will be looked back on as an impressive success.
The 18 wins were a nine-match improvement from last year’s 9-12 final mark. Beaucoudrey, just a sophomore, was named to the All-SSAC team for the second consecutive season and six Lady Hawks were named to the SSAC All-Academic team: Beaucoudrey, Carolina Brigneti, Giuliana Luconi, Quincey Mason, Monteith and Katie Witmer.
Complete Results (Azusa Pacific 5, Shorter 0)
No. 1 – Sheryl Bon (APU) def. Emma Beaucoudrey (SC), 6-0, 6-1
No. 1 – Sheryl Bon / Natalie McNall (APU) def. Michaela Tingets / Danielle Monteith (SC), 8-4