SPRINGFIELD -- The Missouri Valley College women's tennis team won its first match, but dropped its second one, Friday in the Heart of America Conference Post-season Tournament at Springfield.
The Lady Vikings opened the meet with a 5-1 victory over Baker, taking two of three doubles contests and all three completed singles duels.
Juniors Elanqua Griffin and Tershelle Burrows rolled to an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles and junior Juliana Doyle and sophomore Courtney Henley of Marshall breezed at No. 2, 8-2. The Lady Wildcats (2-11) got their only win at No. 3 doubles, where sophomore Lauren Thames and freshman Caitlin Metleff knocked off freshmen Virginia Hutcherson and Jasmine Daniel, 8-2.
Hutcherson, another former Lady Owl, got her revenge with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles. Griffin cruised at No. 1 (6-1, 6-1) and Doyle had little difficulty winning at No. 3 (6-2, 6-2) to close out the match.
Valley (11-7) wasn't able to win a couple of close contests against Lindenwood during a 5-2 semifinal loss. While Griffin and Burrows notched an 8-4 doubles win, the Lady Lions' combo of senior Raminta Kazemekaityte and sophomore Sarah Sharpe nipped Doyle and Henley, 9-7, and sophomores Severina DeBouf and Rachel Bailey beat Hutcherson and Daniel, 8-4.
Burrows claimed the Lady Vikings' only singles win, 6-4, 7-5, but Lindenwood (8-4) took a pair of close matches -- DeBouf over Henley, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), and Sharpe besting Hutcherson, 7-5, 6-3 -- and an easier one at No. 6 as Bailey defeated junior Alyssa Stock, 6-2, 6-2, to move into the finals.
"Once in a while there's a match that you lose that you can feel pretty good about, and we had that," remarked MVC coach Ryan Carney. "We were very focused and played very well, but we just came up a little short."
The Lady Lions were beaten in the championship tilt by 23rd-ranked William Jewell, 5-1.
The Valley men won two of three doubles matches, but were swept in singles during a 5-2 first-round loss to William Jewell.
The Cardinals (15-8) got their lone doubles win at No. 1, with seniors Kyle Taylor and Bryan Thomas squeaked by junior Jason Rolle and senior Derek Gillilan, 9-7.
The Vikings (10-9) came back with wins by freshmen Daniel Velasquez and Luiz Moura at No. 2 (8-6) and freshmen Nathan Garrett and Javano Thompson at No. 3 (8-3).
Jewell won four singles matches in straight sets: sophomore Bronson Brassell over Gillilan at No. 3 (6-2, 6-4), Thomas over Velaquez at No. 4 (6-2, 6-2), senior Chris Dailey over Garrett at No. 5 (6-1, 6-4) and freshman Max Cooper over sophomore Josh Boling at No. 6 (6-1, 6-0).
The Cardinals were beaten in the semifinals, 5-0, by No. 13 Graceland, which went on to defeated 23rd-ranked McKendree (Ill.) for the title, 5-2.
"We played very well in doubles; in singles we didn't look quite as good," Carney said. "But we had a pretty good season and the future is bright."