SAINT LOUIS, Mo. - The Coe College women's tennis team remained perfect in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, as they defeated Franklin 5-0. It was Coe's fourth win in four first round appearances.
Coe's number one doubles picked up the first win of the day, as senior Michelle Schupbach (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Columbus) and junior Tai Lucero (Odessa, Texas/Permian) downed Heather Pasek and Bethany Harris 8-0. It was the 27th win of the year for the pair, tied for the second most in school history behind the pairs 29 wins together last season. The win was the 53rd total win of the year for Lucero, which is third most in school history behind the 58 from Schupbach last year and Lucero's 55.
At number two doubles, junior Elizabeth Hoffmann (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) and freshman Laura Birky (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) downed Melissa Sanders and Chelsea Platt 8-3. The Kohawks picked up their third doubles win at number three, as freshman Tamara Washington (Corona, Calif./NoCo) and sophomore Jordan Ferree (Pekin, Ill./Pekin) defeated Rain Tuley and Chelsea Howell 8-4.
Freshman Amy Sebastian (Mundelein, Ill./Vernon Hills) won her 24th match of the year at number three singles, as she downed Bethany Harris 6-0, 6-0. Hoffmann locked up the Kohawk victory with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Becky Bonomini at number six singles.
With the victory, the Kohawks improve to 20-4 on the year. Coe will face 13th-ranked DePauw in the second round on Friday at 12 p.m. in St. Louis. A link for live stats can be found on the front page of CoeAthletics.com.