CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - For the second-straight year, the Coe College women's tennis team won the IIAC Automatic Qualifier Tournament, advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
The Kohawks opened the day with a 5-0 victory over Central. Coe held a 3-0 lead after doubles play. At number one doubles, senior Michelle Schupbach (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Columbus) and junior Tai Lucero (Odessa, Texas/Permian) defeated Angie Allgood and Megan Davis 8-0. Schupbach also picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win over Davis at number two singles.
At number two doubles, junior Elizabeth Hoffmann (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) and freshman Laura Birky (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) defeated Anna Striegel and Anna Bowser 8-2. Coe's third doubles victory came from freshman Tamara Washington (Corona, Calif./NoCo) and sophomore Jordan Ferree (Pekin, Ill./Pekin), as they defeated Ashlyn Huegel and Amanda Kuhn 8-3. The deciding singles victory came at number three, as freshman Amy Sebastian (Mundelein, Ill./Vernon Hills) downed Striegel 6-3, 6-0. Coe had won the first set in the remaining four singles matches before play was called.
Second-seeded Luther jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles play in the championship match. Coe's lone victory came at number one, as Schupbach and Lucero downed Elise Allen and Maggie Helms 8-0. It was the fifth-straight win for the Kohawk pair, as they improved to 23-3 on the year.
Coe won four of the five completed singles matches, taking the victory over Luther 5-3. At number two singles, Schupbach downed Lola White-Baer 6-0, 6-0. At number three singles, Sebastian defeated Helms 6-2, 6-4, while Birky beat Katy Lindstrom 6-2, 6-0 at number four. At number five singles, Ferree downed Annie Whiteley 6-3, 6-2. At number one singles, Lucero led Allen 6-0, 2-1 when the match was called.
The NCAA Tournament is scheduled to begin May 10. This will be the fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Kohawks, as they also qualified in 2007, 2008 and 2012. Coe is 3-3 all-time in the tournament, having won a first round match in all three previous appearances.