Strong singles play helps Simpson to season-opening win
INDIANOLA, Iowa – The Simpson women's tennis team started the season off on the right foot Wednesday afternoon, beating Buena Vista 6-3 in the season opener for both teams.
The Storm (1-0, 1-0 Iowa Conference) took the first two doubles matches and won four of six singles to notch their 27th consecutive win over the Beavers (0-1, 0-1).
"Overall I was pleased with our 1 and 2 doubles matches which got us off to an early lead," head coach Lindsay Chase said.
Lindsay Nash and freshman Kelli Ehrhardt combined for a shutout win at No. 2 doubles. Both won their singles match as well, with Nash beating Tasha Nelson 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 and Ehrhardt topping Kelli Kroepel 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4.
"Kelli, Allison and Lindsay played solid singles matches for us to secure the victory," Chase said. "And it was a great start to Kelli's career at Simpson to get a pair of wins."
Lauren Schemmel survived a tough match at No. 5 singles, going to a super tiebreaker with Sam Kavan before triumphing 6-3, 4-6, 10-5.
Simpson continues its streak of seven straight home matches to start the season when it hosts William Jewell and Coe on Saturday, Sept. 1. The William Jewell match begins at 9 a.m. followed by Coe at 3 p.m.