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W. Tennis – Lady Cavaliers sixth at nationals

05/14/13

W. Tennis – Lady Cavaliers sixth at nationals

2013 NJCCA Women's Tennis Championship logo

0VERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Johnson County Community College women’s tennis team posted its third best Division I national tournament finish, placing sixth at the 2013 NJCAA D-I Tennis Championships at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz., May 4-9. The Lady Cavaliers finished five places ahead of conference rival Cowley College, and nine better than Barton Community College. JCCC posted its best D-I finishes at the 2005 and 2006 championships, placing fifth both years. 

Leading the way for JCCC was sophomore Lindsey Buenger playing in the No. 4 singles bracket. Buenger, a transfer from Midwestern State University, reached the semifinals before falling 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-0 to eventual national champion Kylie Reynaud of Tyler Junior College.  The number four seed in the bracket, Buenger began the tournament with a 6-0-6-2 win over Sierra Pizarro of Temple College, and followed with another straight set win over Sharron Clark of Collin College, 6-1, 6-2, before her match with Reynaud. 

JCCC players reached the quarterfinals in three other brackets. Sophomore Shannon Beckett at the No. 1 spot, and sophomore Jean Ochs at No.3 received a first round bye and finished 1-1 in the tournament.  Castillo-Lopez finished 2-1 in the No. 2 bracket. Ochs actually was winning her quarterfinal match 6-3, 5-4 when she suffered and an ankle injury and was not able to continue playing. 

Beckett, Castillo-Lopez and Ochs combined to win 82 percent of their matches (89-20) in singles play during their two seasons at Johnson County. Ochs finished with an amazing 33-3 career record. 

In doubles play, the No. 1 ranked duo of Beckett and Castillo-Lopez opened with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Eastern Arizona, but fell to No. 4 seed from Tyler Junior College in the semifinal, 6-1, 6-0. It is the pair’s first loss this season. They finished the year 16-1 overall, and 25-5 over two seasons. 

The No. 2 team of Ochs and Buenger reached the quarterfinals but Och’s injury forced the pair to concede their match with Georgia Perimeter. 

Singles

No. 1 – Beckett (JCCC) received a bye in the round of 32; defeated Alicia Domoney (Jones County) 6-0, 6-2 in the round of 16; lost to Lai Wei (State College of Florida) 6-0-6-3 in the Quarterfinals. 

No. 2 – Castillo-Lopez (JCCC) defeated Kami Thomas (Florida State College) 7-5, 6-0 in round of 32; defeated Shaunte Southern (St. Petersburg College) advance by default in the round of 16; lost to Nelo Phiri (Tyler) 6-0, 6-3 in the Quarterfinals. 

No. 3 – Ochs (JCCC) received a bye in the round of 32; defeated Savannah Skarda (Mesa) 6-1, 6-2: lost by default to Bailey Palmer (Florida State College) 6-3, 5-4 (inj.) 

No. 4 – Buenger (JCCC) received a bye in the round of 32; defeated Sierra Pizarro (Temple College) 6-0, 6-2 in the round of 16; defeated Sharron Clark (Collin College) 6-1, 6-2 in the Quarterfinals; lost to Kylie Reynaud (Tyler) 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-2 in the semifinals. 

No. 5 – Madi Staats (JCCC) received a bye in the round of 32: lost to Madison Gillette (Meridian) 6-4, 6-4 in the round of 16. 

No. 6 – Sarah Ong (JCCC) defeated Brianna Nolzerland (St. Petersburg College) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the round of 32: lost to Ashley Bryan (Seminole State) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 16. 

Doubles

No. 1 – Beckett/Castillo-Lopez (JCCC) received a bye in the round of 32; defeated North Central Texas 6-4, 6-0 in the round of 16; defeated Eastern Arizona 6-4, 7-5 in the quarterfinals; lost to Tyler 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals. 

No. 2 – Ochs/ Buenger (JCCC) received a by in the round of 32; defeated Temple 6-1, 6-3 in the round of 16; lost to Georgia Perimeter by injury default in the quarterfinals. 

No. 3 – Ong/Kara Hoegerl (JCCC) efeated Florida State College by default in the round of 32; lost to Cowley College 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4 in the round of 16.

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