NORTH NEWTON — McPherson College’s women’s tennis team ended the streak of all streaks Saturday.
Bethel College’s women, the defending KCAC champions, had won more than 40 conference matches in a row before being defeated 7-2 by the Bulldogs.
The Threshers struck first with a win at No. 3 doubles, but Mac rallied quickly to take the next two doubles matches with the No. 1 duo of sisters Brooke and Nikki Vorhess scoring an 8-3 win, while teammates Emma Sheehan and Brittany Gourlay recorded an 8-4 victory to give Mac a 2-1 lead going into singles.
In singles play, Nikki Vorhess struck first for the Bulldogs as she dispatched her opponent 6-0, 6-4. Vorhees cruised in the first set, but had to rally from behind in the second set to score the impressive victory.
Sheehan, at No. 1, had her hands full with 2013 KCAC Player of the Year Bre Honer. Honer came out of the gates tough and took a 4-0 lead before Sheehan began to mount her comeback. Sheehan won the next six games to take the first set, 6-4. In the second set, Sheehan found herself down again to Honer and had to dig deep to complete the come back to win her match 6-4, 6-3, giving McPherson a 4-1 lead.
Brooke Vorhess mimicked her sister, also cruising in the first set then having to stave off a fierce Thresher comeback to win her match 6-1, 7-5 which clinched the victory for the Bulldogs. With the score 5-1, McPherson took two of the last three matches with Claire Crossman and Gourlay winning 6-2, 6-2 and 6-2, 6-1, respectively.
"I was really proud of how we played in this match," Mac coach Jeff Benito said. "The girls knew what they had to do and stayed focused and intense to accomplish this huge task. Even with the wind being a little bit of a factor I think we executed well in the victory."
Mac also played Hesston and routed the Larks, 9-0.
Against Hesston College later that day the Bulldogs carried over their steady play and executed to sweep the Larks 9-0. Seniors Wright and Ashley Allmon, along with Brooke Vorhees and Chandler Short ,went perfect on the day winning both of their singles and doubles matches.
"It's always tough to play a second match especially after playing an emotional and physical match in the morning," Benito said. "I was quite impressed with the demeanor of our players to carry on and take care of business."
Mac plays Tuesday at Kansas Wesleyan
McPherson College 7, Bethel College 2
1) Emma Sheehan (Mac) def. Bree Honer (BC) 6-4, 6-3
2) Nikki Vorhees (Mac) def. Steph Shogren (BC) 6-0, 6-4
3) Brooke Vorhees (Mac) def. Allie Hipp (BC) 6-1, 7-5
4) Brittany Gourlay (Mac) def. Madelyn Weaver (BC) 6-2, 6-1
5) Claire Crossman (Mac) def. Ashley Suhr (BC) 6-2, 6-2
6) Alyssa Scheverman (BC) def. Kara Wright (Mac) 6-1, 6-4
1) B. Vorhees/N. Vorhees (Mac) def. Honer/S. Shogren (BC) 8-3
2) Sheehan/Gourlay (Mac) def. Hipp/Weaver (BC) 8-4
3) Rachel Shogren/Scheverman (BC) def. Chandler Short/Wright (Mac) 8-4
McPherson College 9, Hesston College 0
1) Emma Sheehan (Mac) def. Sam Aeschilman (HC) 6-2, 6-2
2) Brooke Vorhees (Mac) def. Brett Fair (HC) 6-0, 6-2
3) Claire Crossman (Mac) def. Elizabeth Wilder (HC) 6-4, 6-0
4) Kara Wright (Mac) def. Savannah Mitchell (HC) 6-1, 6-1
5) Ashley Allmon (Mac) def. Narami Hayand (HC) 3-6, 6-3, 10-2
6) Chandler Short (Mac) def. Victoria Krupf (HC) 6-0, 6-1
1) B. Vorhees/Brittany Gourlay (Mac) def. S. Mitchell/Fair (HC) 8-3
2) N. Vorhees/Allmon (Mac) def. Wilder/Hayano (HC) 8-2
3) Wright/Short (Mac) def. Krupf/Martin (HC) 8-0