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Women’s tennis earns two A-R-C wins at home

Megan Grubb
Megan Grubb

INDIANOLA, Iowa -- The Simpson women's tennis team tallied two wins on Saturday over American Rivers Conference opponents inside the Buxton Tennis Complex.

In the opener, the Storm cruised past Buena Vista, 8-1. In the day's finale, Simpson escaped against Nebraska Wesleyan with a 5-4 win to move to 3-2 in conference play and 3-3 overall.

Match One
Simpson 8, Buena Vista 1
Starting out the match against the Beavers, Emily King and Kennedi Wright cruised to an 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles. Next up, Lorin Miller and Megan Grubb had a close-knit contest at No. 2 doubles, but prevailed 8-6. Donni Kinghorn and Samantha Goodger won by default at No. 3 doubles to sweep doubles play for the Storm.

King remained tough at No. 1 singles with wins of 6-0, 6-2 to help the cause. Wright fought hard at No. 3 singles with a 6-4 victory in the first set and had to play an extra game to win 7-5 and take the match. Kinghorn cruised to a victory at No. 4 and so did Goodger in her No. 5 singles game. Allie Smith won by default at No. 6 singles.

Match Two
Simpson 5, Nebraska Wesleyan 4
With the match sitting at 4-4, the Storm had one player left in the mix to help grab the victory, Megan Grubb. Grubb fought off her opponent at No 2 singles in the first set, 6-4, and used the same tactics to win, 6-3, in the second to clinch the victory for the squad.

Both team's split during singles play. For the Storm, King and Kinghorn won their matches along with Grubb. In doubles play, Grubb and Miller won their match at No. 2 and Kinghorn and Goodger had the same result at No. 3.

Comments from Coach Bliss
"Donni Kinghorn had an excellent day! Donni and Sam played an outstanding doubles match against Nebraska Wesleyan. They really partnered up well today and it showed. Donni then continued her dominance in singles with two victories today. Megan Grubb and Emily King had the other two singles win to put us ahead in game two to help clinch the match."

Up Next
Simpson hosts another doubleheader next weekend with conference competition. Luther and Wartburg join Simpson on Buxton Tennis Complex on Saturday.

Simpson 8, Buena Vista 1
Singles competition
1. Emily King (SIM) def. Alexis McGinnis, 6-0, 6-2
2. Nicole Lange (BVU) def. Megan Grubb, 6-3, 6-2
3. Kennedi Wright (SIM) def. Destiny Einerwold, 6-4, 7-5
4. Donni Kinghorn (SIM) def. Deanna Schaffer, 6-2, 6-0
5. Samantha Goodger (SIM) def. Jadyn Andersen, 6-0, 6-1
6. Allie Smith (SIM), by default

Doubles competition
1. Emily King/Kennedi Wright (SIM) def. Nicole Lange/Destiny Einerwold, 8-2
2. Lorin Miller/Megan Grubb (SIM) def. Alexis McGinnis/Deanna Schaffer, 8-6
3. Donni Kinghorn/Samantha Goodger (SIM) def. Jadyn Andersen/No player, by default

Simpson 5, Nebraska Wesleyan 4
Singles competition
1. Emily King (SIM) def. Brooke Sailer, 6-4, 6-2
2. Megan Grubb (SIM) def. Kailey Jay-Kissler, 6-4, 6-3
3. Han Le (NWU) def. Kennedi Wright, 6-2, 6-0
4. Donni Kinghorn (SIM) def. Samantha Slizoski, 6-0, 6-3
5. Shea Swanson (NWU) def. Samantha Goodger, 6-1, 6-2
6. Kalyn Harrington (NWU) def. Allie Smith, 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Kailey Jay-Kissler/Brooke Sailer (NWU) def. Emily King/Kennedi Wright, 8-4
2. Megan Grubb/Lorin Miller (SIM) def. Shea Swanson/Samantha Slizoski, 8-6
3. Donni Kinghorn/Samantha Goodger (SIM) def. Han Le/Say Moo, 8-0