October 8, 2003
Freshmen lead Cowley tennis to win at Southwestern College
Getting wins from all five of its freshmen, the Cowley County Community College women’s tennis team improved to 4-0 in its fall schedule with a 7-2 win at Southwestern College Tuesday.
“I was very impressed with the play of our freshmen,” Cowley coach Rebecca Meyer said. “It really shows that we have a well-rounded team.”
Former Winfield High School standout Jenny Crank was the Lady Tigers’ top singles player to win as she beat Southwestern’s Jessica Hefner 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Crank also teamed with fellow freshman Stacia Whittecar to defeat the Lady Builders’ doubles team of Hefner and Amanda Ginther 8-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Alicia Sanders, a freshman from Arkansas City, also played well as she defeated Ginther 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 singles, and then teamed with freshman Talya Quick to beat Southwestern’s No. 3 doubles team of Sarah Hodgkinson and Tara Williams, 8-0.
Quick easily defeated Hodgkinson 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles, while freshman Krystin Kewley cruised past Williams 8-1 at No. 6 singles.
With the freshmen playing so well, it was somewhat of a surprise that Cowley’s only two sophomores would suffer the team’s lone two defeats.
In No. 1 singles, Southwestern senior Rachel Ferguson continued her solid play by defeating Cowley’s Jill Hocker 6-2, 6-2. Lady Builder freshman Leah Rankin, who also had a stellar career at Winfield, followed up that victory with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Jackie Gilmore at No. 2 singles. Rankin’s convincing win over Gilmore was impressive, considering Gilmore was an All-American as a freshman.
However, Gilmore and Hocker managed to defeat Ferguson and Rankin 9-8 (8-6) in a hard fought tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles. That victory, coupled with Cowley’s strong play from its freshmen, helped carry the Lady Tigers to the win over Southwestern.
The Lady Tigers will now prepare to host Oklahoma Baptist University in their final fall exhibition match at noon Friday.
Although Cowley’s real tennis season does not start until the spring, Meyer is pleased with the way the Lady Tigers have performed in winning each of their four exhibition matches.
“We will play some of these teams in the spring, so our performance is definitely something to build on,” Meyer said.
The loss drops Southwestern’s record to 2-7 on the season.
No. 1 — Rachel Ferguson (SC) defeated Jill Hocker (CC) 6-2, 6-2.
No. 2 — Leah Rankin (SC) defeated Jackie Gilmore (CC) 6-0, 6-1.
No. 3 — Jenny Crank (CC) defeated Jessica Hefner (SC) 6-3, 6-2.
No. 4 — Alicia Sanders (CC) defeated Amanda Ginther (SC) 6-0, 6-1.
No. 5 — Talya Quick (CC) defeated Sarah Hodgkinson (SC) 6-0, 6-0.
No. 6 — Krystin Kewley (CC) defeated Tara Williams (SC) 8-1.
No. 1 — Gilmore/Hocker (CC) defeated Ferguson/Rankin (SC) 9-8.
No. 2 — Crank/Stacia Whittecar (CC) defeated Hefner/Ginther (SC) 8-2.
No. 3 — Quick/Sanders (CC) defeated Hodgkinson/Williams (SC) 8-0.