Webster Women's Tennis Historic Win

Webster Women's Tennis Historic Win

The Webster University women's tennis team became the first squad in program history to win an NCAA III Championships match with its 5-0 win over Hanover College (IN), at the Sewanee (TN) Regional on May 7.  The team also becomes the first non-baseball team to win an NCAA III event since the 2009 Webster softball team.  After taking a 3-0 lead by sweeping doubles, the Gorloks clinched when Jesse Steffens-Willis' singles opponent retired, giving Webster its fifth point.

The win was the Gorloks' 15th, giving the team the second highest win total in a single season.  Webster improved to 15-4 with the victory.  Hanover, winner of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, finished its season 13-3.

Mariss Lewis (SR. Owasso, OK/Owasso HS) and Kaylen Kress (JR, Bartlett, IL/Bartlett HS) won at #1 doubles, 8-3, and are now 14-6 as a tandem on the season.  Monica Behrle (FR, Atlanta, GA/East Paulding HS) and Steffens-Willis (FR, St. Louis, MO/Rockwood Summit HS) won 8-1 at #2, improving to 12-2 as a team on the season.

Stephanie Lass (FR, Lake Villa, IL/Lakes Community HS) and Chelsea Foster (SO, St. Louis, MO/McCluer North HS) completed the doubles sweep with an 8-5 win at #3. 

Behrle won in straight sets at #1 singles, 6-1, 6-0, improving to 21-1 on the year.  The 21 wins are a single season record for Webster women's tennis and it was Behrle's 15th straight singles win..  Steffens-Willis won her first set at #4, 6-3, and when her opponent retired, gave her the win and Webster the victory.

Lewis (6-0), Kress (6-1), Lass (6-0), all had won their first sets, and Foster was winning, 4-3, with all of those matches going into the books as 'unfinished'.

Webster advances to the Regional semi-finals on May 8, at 2:00 p.m., with the win.  They will face the #1 seed and #1 ranked Emory University, who had a bye in the first round.  The Eagles are 16-3 overall and were champions of the University Athletic Association.  Emory is making its 31st straight appearance in the NCAAs.

Live stats for the Webster/Emory match can be seen HERE.

The full results for the Webster/Hanover match:

Webster University 5, Hanover 0

Singles competition
1. Monica Behrle (WUWT) def. Alana Feeley (HANWT) 6-1, 6-0
2. Kelsey Jones (HANWT) vs. Marissa Lewis (WUWT) 0-6, unfinished
3. Kirby Lantz (HANWT) vs. Kaylen Kress (WUWT) 1-6, unfinished
4. J. Steffens-Willis (WUWT) def. Emily Miller (HANWT) 6-3, retired
5. Brooke Glahn (HANWT) vs. Stephanie Lass (WUWT) 0-6, unfinished
6. Shelby WIlliamson (HANWT) vs. Chelsea Foster (WUWT) 3-4, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Marissa Lewis/Kaylen Kress (WUWT) def. Alana Feeley/Kelsey Jones (HANWT) 8-3
2. Monica Behrle/J. Steffens-Willis (WUWT) def. Brooke Glahn/Emily Miller (HANWT) 8-1
3. Stephanie Lass/Chelsea Foster (WUWT) def. Kirby Lantz/Shelby WIlliamson (HANWT) 8-5