Lady Warrior tennis competes

The Lady Warriors are wrapping up their season, sitting fifth in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) with a 5-3 record in the conference and a 6-4 record overall record.

The Lady Warriors played in five meets for the month of April. The first three matches were losses to McPherson, Ottawa, and Southwestern. However the Lady Warriors came back to end April with victories over Bethel and Tabor.

Head coach Lonnie Issac was pleased that the girls stayed focused in the match against Bethel.

“I had a lot of concern going into the Bethel match because they had not won yet in the conference but still had some talent that I knew could give us trouble in certain spots. After a slow start, we were able to get the doubles point and then win five of six single positions,” he said.

“By defeating Bethel, we did lock in a KCAC postseason bid (top 6 teams go) and will probably be in the four versus five match at the KCAC tournament.”

With a tournament berth locked up, the team continues to focus on improvement.

“I am looking to forward to playing. Hopefully we have just as much success as we did last time,” freshman April Swartz said.

This season has been a monumental year for both players and coaches.

Issac hit a major milestone in his coaching career earning his 300th career win in the home debut April 3.

“When coaches reach certain milestones its is never anything they do alone. We get to these moments as coaches because of a supportive family, great players, assistant coaches, parents, and administrators that help and support along the way. That has certainly been the case in my coaching journey,” Issac said. “The coaching life isn’t easy on families and I have been extremely blessed by God to have a wonderfully supportive wife in Tracy and three kids, Tessa, Rhain, and Logan, who have given up their dad a lot.”

Senior Maddie Stoll also earned KCAC Tennis Player of the Week three times this season and has gone undefeated in conference play both in singles and in doubles, with her partner Nicole Marin.

Another great accomplishment for Stoll this season is her win against number six ranked singles player in the ITA Central Region, Vanessa Mundo, (6-3,6-1).

“We have had several player with strong seasons and Maddie is certainly one of them. She has been named KCAC player of the week three times already this year and has been a major factor in our team success,” Issac said. “As a senior she has taken some real positive steps since her freshman year, mostly on the mental side, and that has shown up with some big results.”

Issac emphasizes the importance of staying focused in practice leading up to the conference tournament.

“The biggest for us as the season comes to a close is to make sure we have focused practices and the rest will take care of itself,” he said. “When this team is focused and working hard we are tough out for any team.”

The Lady Warriors took on Kansas Wesleyan in the quarterfinals of the KCAC Championship Tournament, April 29.

Results were not available at the time of press.

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