RECAP: @patriotstennis falls in ASC Championship finals

Saturday, April 29, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

ABILENE – The UT Tyler Patriots finished as the American Southwest Conference Women’s Tennis Championship runner-up after falling 5-3 to East Texas Baptist on Saturday at the Streich Tennis Complex.

"Congratulations to ETBU on winning their first conference championship in tennis," UT Tyler coach Joe Vann said. "They played really well today. I think our girls fought hard throughout the season while doing our best to overcome injuries. We fought hard today and we grew a lot as a group. Being a young team this year, we are looking forward to continuing to grow and come back next year stronger than ever."

The Patriots had advanced to the finals with a 5-0 win over Howard Payne in the quarterfinals and then a 5-4 victory over Texas-Dallas in the semifinals on Friday. UT Tyler will now have to wait for the NCAA announcement to see if an at-large bid to the regional meet is received, while the Tigers earned the ASC’s automatic qualification.

UT Tyler trailed 2-1 after doubles play with Savannah Seely and Alexandra McKissick earning an 8-3 third doubles win over Kellie Cawthon and Mullika Seekhieo. Alexis Arrieta and Tori Musngi lost an 8-1 first doubles match and Lauren Kuhn and Nancy Perez dropped an 8-3 second doubles contest.

The Patriots fought back though in singles play with Seely cruising to a 6-2, 6-2 sixth singles win and Arrieta taking a 6-2, 6-4 first singles victory. Arrieta is now 9-9 in singles play and Seely improved to 14-6 on the season. Kuhn would fall 6-1, 6-0 third singles loss and McKissick a 6-0, 7-5 fifth singles loss as the Tigers won the team title. McKissick and Arrieta were named to the All-Tournament team for the Patriots. 

Singles competition
1. Alexis Arrieta (UTTW) def. Kate Bramlett (ETBU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Tori Musngi (UTTW) vs. Elisa Kendall (ETBU) 3-6, 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
3. Tiffany Stankiewicz (ETBU) def. Lauren Kuhn (UTTW) 6-1, 6-0
4. Kaleigh Smith (ETBU) def. Nancy Perez (UTTW) 6-1, 6-1
5. Mullika Seekhieo (ETBU) def. Alexandra McKissick (UTTW) 6-0, 7-5
6. Savannah Seely (UTTW) def. Kellie Cawthon (ETBU) 6-2, 6-2



Doubles competition
1. Kate Bramlett/Kaleigh Smith (ETBU) def. Alexis Arrieta/Tori Musngi (UTTW) 8-1
2. Tiffany Stankiewicz/Elisa Kendall (ETBU) def. Lauren Kuhn/Nancy Perez (UTTW) 8-3
3. Savannah Seely/Alexandra McKissick (UTTW) def. Kellie Cawthon/Mullika Seekhieo (ETBU) 8-3


Match Notes
East Texas Baptist 18-4
UT Tyler 13-9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,1,6,5)
T-3:10 A-71