Webster Women’s Tennis Records Historic NCAA First Round Win, 5-0

| May 7, 2015

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 (Indiana), at the Sewanee (Tennessee) 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.

Senior Marissa Lewis and junior Kaylen Kress won at #1 doubles, 8-3, and are now 14-6 as a tandem on the season. Freshmen Monica Behrle and Steffens-Willis won 8-1 at #2, improving to 12-2 as a team on the season.

Freshman Stephanie Lass and sophomore Chelsea Foster 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 advanced to the Regional semi-finals on May 8, with the win, facing 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.

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  1. Gloria says:

    Congratulations to Webster- awesome wins today on the court against Hanover. Keep it going!