MOBILE, Al. — Following a 6-3 loss today to Graceland University of Iowa in the opening round of the 2014 NAIA National Championships, the McPherson College women's tennis team has completed its season with a 16-7 record.
The match was a warm one with temperatures in the upper 80s, something neither of the two teams from the Midwest were used to.
McPherson started doubles play slow, but sisters Brooke and Nikki Vorhees at the No. 1 slot finally began to make up some ground and grabbed the Bulldogs’ first point with their 8-5 victory. At No. 2 doubles, the duo of Emma Sheehan and Brittany Gourlay earned a second point for Mac after holding off the Yellowjackets, winning 8-6. Senior Kara Wright and sophomore Chandler Short were shut down by Graceland 8-2, making the score 2-1 in MC's favor heading into singles play.
All six singles matches started at roughly the same time and it wasn't long before five of the Bulldogs found themselves in one-set holes. Senior Ashley Allmon won her first set 7-5. After falling 6-1 in the second, Allmon could not climb out of the third set hole, losing 6-2. Brooke Vorhees took set two from her opponent to force a third and completed the comeback with a 6-1 set three triumph. She was the lone Bulldog to win a singles match.
The majority of the KCAC championship squad will return next year for coach Jeff Benito to defend their crown. Two four-year seniors graduate in Allmon and Wright.
Graceland University 6, McPherson College 3
1) Brooke Vorhees/Nikki Vorhees (Mac) def. Amy Haberthier/F. Zahra El Otmany (GU) 8-5
2) Emma Sheehan/Brittany Gourlay (Mac) def. Sofia Jaramillo/Melynda Simmons (GU) 8-6
3) Jessica Worring/Ilse Karina Cardiel (GU) def. Kara Wright/Chandler Short (MC) 8-2
1) Jessica Worring (GU) def. Emma Sheehan (MC) 6-1, 6-3
2) F. Zahra El Otmany (GU) def. Nikki Vorhees (MC) 6-3, 6-4
3) Brooke Vorhees (MC) def. Melynda Simmons (GU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
4) Sofia Jaramillo (GU) def. Brittany Gourlay (MC) 6-2, 6-0
5) Amy Haberthier (GU) def. Claire Crossman (MC) 7-5, 6-1
6) Ilse Karina Cardiel (GU) def. Ashley Allman (MC) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2