MOBILE, Ala. -- Another tremendous Indiana Wesleyan University women’s tennis season is in the books as the Wildcats lost 5-0 today to No. 2-ranked Georgia Gwinnett in the NAIA National Championship Second Round in Mobile, Alabama.
The match on Wednesday marked the fourth straight time that Indiana Wesleyan advanced to the second round of the NAIA National Championship. Indiana Wesleyan and Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) are tied for the most national tournament appearances with 15 as both squads have qualified for each of the national tournaments since it moved to a team format in 2000.
“We lost to a great No. 2-ranked team,” said Indiana Wesleyan head coach Terry Porter. “I predict that they will win the tournament.”
Georgia Gwinnett entered the tournament as the No. 2-seed with a 14-4 record. GGC played eight matches against teams ranked in the top-three this season and won four of them. The Grizzlies will play again tomorrow morning in the NAIA national quarterfinals.
The best performance for the Indiana Wesleyan doubles teams came at No. 2 play as Rachel Bottorff (FR/Newburgh, Ind.) and Rachael Heiniger (SR/Munster, Ind.) lost 8-4. Katie Wilson (SO/Middletown, Ind.) and Kim Mella (JR/Libertyville, Ill.) dropped an 8-1 decision at No. 1-doubles while Courtney Siepman (SO/Plainfield, Ind.) and Kelsey Vessels (FR/Roanoke, Ind.) were defeated at No. 3 by an 8-0 outcome.
Georgia Gwinnett followed the doubles sweep with wins in the first two completed singles matches for the 5-0 victory. The other four matches were left unfinished as Georgia Gwinnett had already secured the team victory.
Kristen Futrell (SR/Marion, Ind.) lost the No. 5-singles match 6-1, 6-0 while Heiniger was defeated 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3-singles.
“Rachel Bottorff won her first set of the match at No. 2-singles,” said Porter. “And Katie Wilson was losing to the ITA national No. 3-singles ranked player.”
Wilson was down 6-1, 5-2 to her highly ranked foe at No. 1 while Bottorff led 6-4, 2-1 at No. 2 when the match was stopped. Mella trailed 6-0, 3-1 at No. 4-singles while Siepman was behind 6-0, 4-1 at No. 6-singles.
Indiana Wesleyan completes the 2013-14 season with a 26-5 season.
“We finished the year at 26-5,” added Porter. “It was a great season.”