Lady Builders win title

Members of the Southwestern College women’s tennis team pose with the laurels after capturing the title Saturday at the KCAC Championships at the Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka. The Lady Builders upset top-seeded Ottawa 4-2.

TOPEKA — The Southwestern College women’s tennis team captured the KCAC Tournament championship Saturday with a 4-2 upset of top-seeded Ottawa in the title match at the Kossover Tennis Center.

The Lady Builders (13-4) were winners by default at No. 3 doubles to begin the match, but Ottawa evened it with a win at No. 2 to put the focus on the No. 1 match.

The Southwestern duo of Samantha Loving and Catherine Coe was victorious 6-4 at the top spot.

Another default at No. 6 singles gave the Lady Builders a 2-0 margin. Caroline Henry made it a 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory, but the Lady Braves earned two points back at Nos. 3 and 1.

Leading 3-2, Alexa Powers clinched the victory for the Lady Builders with a 6-3 victory in the first set at No. 4 singles, then a tough back-and-forth 7-6 (4) triumph in the second.

Southwestern advanced to the title match Friday with a 4-3 victory against McPherson.

The Lady Builders clinched an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championships, set to begin May 18 in Mobile, Ala.

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