CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Three Kohawks combined to win three of the five flights of singles and doubles Saturday at the Iowa Conference Championships. Coe won two singles titles and a doubles title.
In Flight A singles, senior Michelle Schupbach (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Columbus) beat Luther's Elise Allen 6-4, 4-6, 10-3 in the semifinals. In the other semifinal, junior Tai Lucero (Odessa, Texas/Permian) beat Luther's Cassandra Chalhoub 6-0, 6-0. In the championship match, Lucero beat Schupbach 6-1, 6-2. It was the second singles championship for Lucero, as she also beat Schupbach in 2010, while Schupbach was last year's champion.
At Flight B Singles, junior Elizabeth Hoffmann (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) beat Simpson's Allison Anderson 9-7 in the semifinals before downing Central's Anna Bowser 9-7 in the championship match.
Coe's third title came at Flight A Doubles. Schupbach and Lucero advanced to the finals with an 8-6 win over Luther's Allen and Helms. In the other semifinal, sophomore Jordan Ferree (Pekin, Ill./Pekin) and freshman Laura Birky (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) beat Hoffmann and senior Sara Ohlman (Washington, Ill./Washington). In the championship match, Schupbach and Lucero beat Ferree and Birky 8-6.
The title was the third for Lucero and Schupbach, tying an Iowa Conference record with four other doubles teams. Schupbach also won the title in 2009 with her older sister Andrea and is one of six players to win four doubles titles. Of the four players, Schupbach is the first to do so by winning the Flight A title all four years.
In three years of competing at the event, Lucero has appeared in the Flight A Doubles and Singles Championship match each time, winning five of the six titles. Schupbach has appeared in seven of eight possible championship matches, coming away with five titles.