Lady Blues Tennis Team Ends Season With 5-3 Win Over Emporia State

By: WU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: WU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Washburn Lady Blues tennis team wrapped up the 2013 season with a 5-3 win over Emporia State in a consolation match at the MIAA Tournament. Washburn avenged a 7-2 loss to the Hornets from earlier in the season in a match played on April 2. Washburn finishes the season 6-16.

Washburn led 2-1 after doubles play as the No. 1team of Jodie Blackim and Kirsten Holle topped Nicole Jara and Taylor Smith 8-5. At No. 2 doubles Sophie O'Neill and Casyn Buchman defeated Alex Crowe and Kayla Fraley 8-5.

In singles play, Blackim picked up the Lady Blues' first point with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Tiffany Khounsombath at No. 3 singles and then Holle topped Jenny Gerhardt 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 singles. Buchman wrapped up the win for Washburn with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 2 over Taylor Smith.

O'Neill lost her match at No. 1 6-0, 6-0 to Jara and Rachel Hageman fell 6-4, 6-0 to Somer Schmidt at No. 6 singles.

The Lady Blues have no seniors on this season's squad.

Washburn 5, Emporia State 3
Apr 20, 2013 at Springfield, Mo. (Cooper Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Jara,Nicole (ESU) def. O'Neill,Sophie (WU) 6-0, 6-0
2. Buchman,Casyn (WU) def. Smith,Taylor (ESU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Blackman,Jodie (WU) def. Khounsombath,Tiffany (ESU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Holle,Kirsten (WU) def. Gerhardt,Jenny (ESU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Shepler,Gwen (WU) vs. Crowe,Alex (ESU) no result
6. Schmidt,Somer (ESU) def. Hageman,Rachael (WU) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Blackman,Jodie/Holle,Kirsten (WU) def. Jara,Nicole/Smith,Taylor (ESU) 8-5
2. O'Neill,Sophie/Buchman,Casyn (WU) def. Crowe,Alex/Fraley,Kayla (ESU) 8-5
3. Schmidt,Somer/Khounsombath,Tiffany (ESU) def. Banks,Nzingha/Shepler,Gwen (WU) 8-1

Match Notes
Washburn 6-16
Emporia State 13-8


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