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W. Tennis – JCCC qualifies for nationals

04/23/13

W. Tennis – JCCC qualifies for nationals

OVERLAND PARK, KS – The Johnson County Community College women’s tennis team captured its 11th Jayhawk Conference/Region VI title over the weekend at the Ralph Wultz Riverside Tennis Complex in Wichita, Kan. JCCC tallied 23 points, winning four of the six singles brackets, and two of the three doubles brackets. Cowley finished runner-up with 18 points, followed by Barton (13), Seward County (12.5) and Hesston (1). This is JCCC’s first title since 2006. 

No. 1 team of Beckett and Castillo Lopez remained unbeaten (15-0) with a pair of wins in the tournament. They also took over as the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the country, a first in JCCC history. The duo opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Seward County, and secured the title with a 7-6, 6-0 win over Cowley’s No. 1 team.  These two also teamed to win the No. 1 doubles title last year. Through two seasons, they have combined for a 24-4 record. 

The No. 2 team of Jean Ochs and Lindsey Buenger cruised to a championship, defeating Barton, 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinal round, and Seward County in the final, 6-1, 6-3. The two wins upped their season mark to 14-1. They are just one victory away from tying the school mark at No. 2 doubles. 

The No. 3 team of Sarah Ong and Kara Hoegerl reached the final in their bracket, but lost to Cowley in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. They reached the championship match with an impressive 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Barton. 

In singles play, JCCC reached the final in five of the six brackets, and came away a champion in four. Castillo-Lopez won at No. 2, Ochs at No. 3, Buenger at No. 4 and Ong at No. 5. 

Castillo-Lopez opened with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Michelle Miller of Barton, and secured then won the title with a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Seward County’s Katiuska Adarmes. She stands 14-2 overall, and 11-2 at the No. 2 spot. 

Ochs lost just one game in run to the title. She opened with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Darrien Beckwith of Barton, and followed with a 0 and 0 win over Cowley’s Lexie Maytubby. Ochs is now 14-1 on the season, and 12-0 at the third position.  For her career, she is 32-2 and an amazing 25-0 in the regular season at No. 3. 

Buenger improved her season mark to 14-2 overall with a pair of straight set wins, and Ong breezed through her bracket with a straight set as well. Buenger opened with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Aspen McCann of Barton, and defeated Cowley’s Melissa Bassoo to win the title, 6-4, 6-4. Ong opened with an easy win over Kaci Diener of Hesston, 6-0, 6-1, then secured her bracket’s championship with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Gentry McLeland of Barton. 

Becket reached the final at No. 1, but lost in a three-set battle to Ana Ruzir of Cowley, 5-6, 6-3 6-1. It was just Beckett’s second setback of the season, both coming from Ruzir. She is 14-2 overall. Beckett reached the final with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Karina Ono of Barton. 

By finishing in the top three at regionals, the Lady Cavaliers earned a berth to the NJCAA National Tournament, in Tucson, Ariz., May 4-10. This is JCCC’s 24th appearance at nationals.

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.