In a battle of home-state players, it was Advantage California on Monday in the opening round at the NAIA Women’s Tennis Championships as 11th-rated Point Loma Nazarene defeated Nebraska Wesleyan 9-0 at the Mobile Tennis Center.
The Sea Lions hailing from San Diego and made up of six players from California, won all nine matches in straight sets and improved to 14-6 overall, while the Region III champion Prairie Wolves, with seven players from Nebraska, finished their season at 10-12.
“Our players all had a positive feeling about the way they played,” Head Coach Rick Harley said. “And hopefully, that will roll over into this summer and motivate them to keep practicing for next year.”
Match scores and awards received by NWU players at the NAIA banquet on Sunday night are listed below:
NAIA Women’s Tennis Championships
Mobile Tennis Center, Mobile, Ala.
NAIA No. 11 Point Loma Nazarene 9, Nebraska Wesleyan 0
SINGLES: No. 1 -- Ashley Strimple def. Lauren Pfister 6-0, 6-2; No. 2 -- Kelsey Weir def. Mikayla Albin 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 -- Christine LaLonde def. Mikaela Caudill 6-4, 6-3; No. 4 -- Mara Petrini def. Alex Yeagley 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 -- Samantha Reeve def. Lexie Zoucha 6-3, 6-0; No. 6 -- Leanne Miliken def. Becca Brown 6-2, 6-3. DOUBLES: No. 1 -- Weir/LaLonde def. Pfister/Albin 8-2; No. 2 -- Strimple/Petrini def. Caudill/Brown 8-1; No. 3 -- Reeve/Miliken def. Yeagley/Natalie Brooks 8-1.
Champions of Character team award:
Lauren Pfister (Sr., Lexington, Neb., Lexington High School)
Daktronics/NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards:
Natalie Brooks (So., McCook, Neb., McCook High School) 3.96 GPA, biology and Spanish
Becca Brown (So., Grand Island, Neb., Grand Island High School) 3.69 GPA, mathematics
Mikayla Albin (So., Hastings, Neb., Hastings High School) 3.64 GPA, biology