October 13, 2003
Cowley tennis teams finish unbeaten in the fall
Hosting Oklahoma Baptist University Friday at the Wilson Park Tennis Courts, the Cowley County Community College tennis teams did not lose a set as they wrapped up their fall schedules unbeaten in dual matches.
The men got wins in singles play from Carlos Fernandez, Darren Cobble, Derek Kellermann, Trent James, Jimmy Manders, Trevor Welsh and Ben Williamson. In doubles play, James and Fernandez teamed to win their No. 1 doubles match, while Cobble and Welch won at No. 2 doubles. Other Cowley doubles teams to win were Manders and Kellermann (No. 3 doubles) and Williamson and Mike Cation (No. 4 doubles).
Kellermann played his last match for the Tigers, as he will be graduating at the end of the semester. He is considering playing tennis at either Bethany College or Washburn University.
Cowley head men’s coach Larry Grose believes the Tigers showed some positive signs in going 4-0 in their fall dual matches.
“We played good,” Grose said. “My sentiments coming out of the fall is that Barton County has the edge, with Johnson County and ourselves right on their tails. We should be contending in the spring, and should be in the top 10 of the (NJCAA) pre-season rankings.”
The Cowley men finished sixth in the nation at last year’s NJCAA National Tournament.
The Lady Tigers had an equally impressive spring as they finished their fall schedule with a 5-0 record in their dual matches. Cowley coasted to victories in all six of its singles matches and all three of its doubles matches against OBU Friday.
Picking up wins in singles play were Jill Hocker (6-2, 6-4), Jackie Gilmore (6-2, 6-0), Jenny Crank (6-2, 6-4), Alicia Sanders (6-1, 6-0), Talya Quick (6-2, 6-1) and Stacia Whittecar (6-2, 6-1).
Gilmore and Hocker teamed up to win their No. 1 doubles match (8-3), while Crank and Whittecar won at No. 2 doubles (8-3) and Quick and Sanders were victorious in No. 3 doubles (8-2).
First-year head coach Rebecca Meyer was pleased with her team’s performance in its last match of the fall.
“This win puts us in a good position for the spring season,” Meyer said. “If the girls work hard in the winter by getting more physically ready for the spring schedule, I believe our success this fall will carry over to the spring season.