Women's Tennis Wins ASC Title

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Hardin-Simmons women’s tennis team went into Sunday’s American Southwest conference championship match with host UT Tyler looking for their 75th straight win against an ASC opponent and 8th-straight conference title.

While Hardin-Simmons did not find the diamond they were looking for, it would be the Patriots who would strike gold. UT Tyler defeated Hardin-Simmons 5-2 on the way to the first conference championship in program history.

In doubles action, Patriots Nikki Barrett and Michelle Hagler battled back from being down to win the first match of the day, 8-6, against Bria Camarillo and Brittany Brazell.

Shortly after Barrett and Hagler’s win, UT Tyler’s Braittany Ude and Lauren Giovannini handily defeated the Cowgirls’ Jennifer Cheung and Sarah McAfee, 8-3.

In the top flight doubles, UT Tyler’s Rachel Anders and Beth Launius had HSU’s Tracy Henington and Lisa Mertz on the verge on defeat, as the two Patriots had a 7-6 match point lead on the Cowgirls. However, Mertz and Hennington would battle back to win the match, 9-7.

After doubles, Tracy Henington tied the match at two all by beating Rachel Anders, 6-0, 6-0.

Patriot Michelle Hagler got UT Tyler back on top by winning her match at No. 3 against Brittany Brazell, 6-0, 6-3.

UT Tyler No. 4 Nikki Barrett was next to finish, as she defeated Jennifer Cheung, 6-3, 6-1.

With the score at 4-2, UT Tyler needed just one more point to win the match.

After winning the first set 6-3, UT Tyler’s Beth Launius found herself down 0-3 to start the second set. Launius would then go on to win the next six of seven games to win her match and give UT Tyler the 2008 ASC women’s tennis crown.

Beth Launius, Lauren Giovannini and Nikki Barrett were named to the All-Tournament team, while Michelle Hagler was named Tournament MVP.

The win not only gave UT Tyler its first ever ASC title, but served as their admission ticket to the 2008 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship tournament. The Patriot women now await the decision of the selection committee to find out the location of their first round match.

The win now lifts the Patriots to 17-3 overall, while Hardin-Simmons’ season comes to a close at 11-7.