WINONA, Minn. - For the sixth-straight year, the Coe College women's tennis team will play in the NCAA Tournament. The Kohawks won the Iowa Conference Automatic Qualifier Saturday with wins over Loras and Luther.
The Kohawks rolled to a 5-0 win over Loras in the opening match. At number one doubles, Lauren French (Raleigh, N.C./North Raleigh Christian) and Sarah Lasecki (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) beat Kylie DeWees and Jessica Dickhut 8-2. The win was the 125th career win for Lasecki, while she also moved into sixth in school history with 76 career doubles wins. Kaitlin Fosler (Lincoln, Neb./Pius X) and Haley Resnick (Bettendorf, Iowa/Assumption) beat Emma Cooke and Ayla Graziano 8-3 at number two doubles. The win was the 30th win of the year for Fosler. Lakyn Boltz (Keokuk, Iowa/Keokuk) and Ella White (Roseville, Minn./St. Anthony Village) downed McKenna Craff and Rachael Molidor 8-4 at number three doubles.
In singles play, Resnick beat DeWees 6-2, 6-0 at number one singles. The final win came at number two singles, as French beat Dickhut 6-1, 6-0. The win was the 27th singles win of the year fro French, as she moved into second in school history.
The championship match was a rematch from earlier this fall, when Luther beat Coe 5-4 to snap Coe's 40-match Iowa Conference regular season winning streak. This time around, it would be the Kohawks to beat the Iowa Conference Champion Norse 5-4 for the trip to the NCAA Tournament. Coe trailed 2-1 after doubles play, as French and Lasecki beat Britta Pressler and Lauren Welch 8-0.
At number one singles, Resnick beat Jackie Cychosz 6-1, 6-4, as she moved into sixth on the single-season total wins list with 51. Resnick now ranks seventh in school history with 131 career total wins. French improved to 9-1 in her last 10 singles matches with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Welch at number two singles. French is now tied for second in school history with 55 total wins this season. Lasecki picked up her 50th career singles win, as she beat Claire Christian 6-1, 6-1 at number three singles. With the match tied 4-4, it all came down to Boltz at number five singles. After winning the first set 7-6 (7-5), Boltz dropped the second set 6-3 to Luther's Madisen Crow. Boltz bounced back to win the third set 6-2 to seal the Kohawk victory.
The Kohawks (18-9, 7-1 IIAC) will find out their NCAA destination and opponent in two weeks. This will be the sixth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the eighth in program history.