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OU tennis records historic first victory

By The Herald Staff | 9/24/2012

WINFIELD — The Ottawa University women’s tennis team got off on the right foot with its first overall and Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference victory.

The historic win was a 6-3 victory Saturday over Southwestern College in Winfield. The Lady Braves also played No. 24 ranked Hesston College, a junior college. Team scores are not kept against the two-year schools, but the matches count towards a players individual record.

WINFIELD — The Ottawa University women’s tennis team got off on the right foot with its first overall and Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference victory.

The historic win was a 6-3 victory Saturday over Southwestern College in Winfield. The Lady Braves also played No. 24 ranked Hesston College, a junior college. Team scores are not kept against the two-year schools, but the matches count towards a players individual record.

This is the first year for the women’s tennis program.

The Ottawa men’s program picked up its first win in 19 years with a 5-4 win over Southwestern. The men last fielded a team in 1993.

For the women, Ottawa dominated Hesston, losing just one match. In singles, Madeline Bellew, Danika Good, Ellen Agnew, Bekka Bailey and Michelle Westerman were winners.

In doubles, Westerman and Good, Bellew and Kimisha Peterson and Bailey and Agnew recorded victories.

The Lady Braves went 4-2 in singles against Southwestern. The winners were Bellew, Peterson, Agnew and Westerman.            Bellew and Peterson and Bailey and Agnew won doubles matches.

The men, which opened the season last week with a loss to Emporia State, found success in Winfield. Ottawa went 5-1 in singles against Hesston. The winners were Jacob Brendemuehl, Chase Dippel, Tanner Lantz, Brenson Vile and Matthew Grom.

In doubles, Brendemuehl and Dippel and Lantz and Vile earned wins.

Ottawa’s strength in singles propelled the Braves to the win over Southwestern.

Ottawa went 4-2 in singles. Brendemuehl earned his third victory of the season. Dippel, Vile and Grom picked up their second wins of the day.

Brendemuehl and Dippel teamed for a doubles victory.

The Ottawa teams play Wednesday in Baldwin City against Baker.

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