WICHITA, Kan. - The Bethel College women's tennis team competed in the 2012 USTA/ITA Regional Championships hosted by Bethel College last weekend.
The Threshers had nine players in the singles draw and six doubles teams in the doubles draw. Of the nine players in the singles six Bethel College players advanced to the 2nd round. Shayla Roath won 6-3, 7-5. Ashley Koester won 6-0, 6-0. Miranda Weaver won 6-7, 6-0, 10-6. Steph Shogren won 6-1, 6-3. Bree Honer, as the #2 seed in the tournament, advanced with a BYE.
"Having six players advance to the round of 16 is by far the most Bethel College has ever had." Head Coach Lonnie Isaac commented. "This clearly shows the depth that this team has."
Shogren and Honer both advanced in the quarterfinals with Shogren winning 6-2, 6-0 and Honer winning her match 6-1, 6-4. Unfortunately, Shogren and Honer were on the same side of the bracket and had to play each other in the quarterfinal round to advance. Honer was able to come away with the 6-2, 6-0 win.
Honer then played the #3 seed Katherine Rodriguez of Graceland University. Honer was able to dispense Rodriguez 6-3, 6-2.
This setup a #1 vs. #2 final with Honer playing Amy Grossklag of Evangel University. Honer started out slow and lost the first set 6-0 but was able to rebound and the 2nd set was anybodies set but Grossklag was able to hold off Honer with a 7-5 win to close out the match.
"Bree had a solid tournament." Isaac said. "She was the first Bethel player to play in a ITA final since 2009 when former All-American Paige McKinney won. Bree has all of the qualities to win this tournament in the future and I know this will motivate her to come back stronger next year."
In the doubles draw Ashley Koester and Steph Shogren had a good run advancing to the quarterfinal round before losing to the #5 seeded team from Graceland University.
Shayla Roath and Shayne Runnion advanced to the Semifinal round before losing 8-9 to the #3 seeded team from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
"Shayla and Shayne had a great tournament advancing to the semifinals." Isaac commented. "They moved really well at the net and had some strong wins against quality teams."