Fort Wayne, IN - For the second-straight year, the IPFW women's tennis team won the Summit League Championship en route to a bid to the NCAA Tournament. In their 30th match of the season, the 'Dons had a 4-0 shutout over the No. 3 seed UMKC Kangaroos on Saturday afternoon at the Pine Ridge Raquet and Fitness Club in Fort Wayne.
After defeating Oral Roberts, 4-0, on Friday in the semi-finals, the Mastodons faced the Kangaroos after UMKC upset the No. 2 seed Southern Utah, 4-2.
The 'Dons earned the doubles point to get the 1-0 lead over the Kangaroos after picking up wins at Nos. 3 and 2, respectively. The IPFW duo of Raquel Vescovi and Yuka Kobayashi had another fast victory after defeating UMKC's Gabby Pintos and Jillian Yakominich, 8-2. IPFW's Caterina Kiefer and Alex Fosyth sealed IPFW's doubles point after defeating Laura Bouet and Suzan Lisenby, 8-4.
In singles action, the Mastodons kept the momentum up as they claimed Nos. 4, 3 and 5, respectively. In IPFW's first singles win of the day, Kiefer dominated the No. 4 position in a 6-3, 6-0 win. At the No. 3 slot, Vescovi had a perfect first set win at 6-0 and continued to dominate in the second set, 6-2. At the No. 5 spot, Kobayashi sealed IPFW's 4-0 win after she won 6-1, 6-1.
The two-time Summit League tournament champions and three-time regular season league champs made it to the first round of the NCAA tournament last year, however, IPFW fell short 4-0 against No. 5 seed Notre Dame.
The Mastodons look for another chance at the NCAA tournament and will find out their first-round opponent of the 2011 NCAA tournament on May 3rd when live coverage of the NCAA Selection Show will be aired at NCAA.com at 5:00 p.m. (EST)
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