(Lima, OH) The Concordia women's tennis team concluded their season in the first round of the WHAC Championship Friday afternoon hosted by the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, OH. The Cardinals faced Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in a rain-shortened match and were defeated, 5-1. Leading the Cardinals with the lone victory was Amy Dalian (SO/Saline, MI) and Kayla Verhelle (FR/Clinton Township, MI) at #3 Doubles.
LTU jumped on the Cardinals early with an 8-0 win at 1 doubles. Alex Beall (SR/Muskegon, MI) and Sarah Wakefield (SO/Fenton, MI) competed at 2 doubles to pick up 4 points but fell short, 8-4. 3 doubles was closely contested throughout with Dalian and Verhelle prevailing to a 9-8 (7-3) tie-breaker win. The Blue Devils swept the three singles matches before mother natured forced the matches to be suspended.
The loss ends the Cardinals season with an overall record of 3-15 and 2-4 in the WHAC. Both win columns are the most in school history as the program was reinstated three years ago.
Several Cardinals were recognized for their contributions on and off the tennis court. The WHAC announced their season awards Friday afternoon as voted on by the league coaches. Senior captain Alex Beall earned honors on the 2nd Team All-Conference singles. The senior has been instrumental in helping the program earn match wins over the last three years. Beall earned several points for the Cardinals at both singles and doubles this season. Beall was also tabbed as the Cardinals nominee for the Champions of Character team.
Senior Mackenzie Devine (JR/Rochester Hills, MI) earned her all-conference recognition in the classroom as a member of the WHAC All-Academic Team. Devine has maintained over a 3.25 in her time as a Cardinal.
Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach Kirk Boettcher has led the Cardinals the last three years and much improvement has been shown every year. Coach Boettcher approach on and off the tennis court has been respected by his peers as WHAC coaches tabbed him the Women's Tennis Champions of Character Coach.