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Experience spells success for UNK at tennis regional
Rachael Cochran
Antelope Staff
Photo by Rachael Cochran
Senior Claire Bryan of Katy, Texas, fronthands the ball. Bryan qualified for semifinals in doubles at the regional tournament.

Seniors and juniors led the way this year at the ITA Women’s Central Regional Tournament held in Kearney. This is the second year in a row the Lopers have hosted the tournament.    

The Lopers had three ladies qualify for semifinals and two ladies qualify for finals. Doubles partners Claire Bryan, a senior from Katy, Texas, and Holdrege junior Marcelle Strydom, worked their way up to semifinals in doubles. The girls battled Mesa State in semifinals and lost 8-2.

 “We played well together. It was a tough game. Marcelle and I worked really hard to get where we ended up.  This weekend was a lot of tennis but the whole team did a great job. I’m proud of everyone’s accomplishments,” Bryan said.

Western Australia native Katie-Mary Outhwaite qualified for semifinals in singles. She was originally seeded first and played through injuries. She finished her tournament play with a loss against fifth-seeded Anatasia Dabiza from Upper Iowa.

Senior Mizuki Takahashi from Japan and Kearney junior Nickola Messbarer were the only Lopers to advance to finals in Regionals. Fifth-seeded Takahashi and Messbarger played top-seeded girls from Mesa State. They played a close match and lost 8-4 in the end.                                                                                                          

"This is the first fall season we have played together. I am surprised we did as well as we did. I wasn’t expecting to make it that far,” Takahashi said.

The finalist qualifiers received plaques and were accompanied by teammates and friends at the early game.

Video by Rachael Cochran

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