Grand Island - The Hastings College women's tennis team defeated Midland 6-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Grand Island Tennis Club to claim the 2017 Great Plains Athletic Conference regular season title. This is the first conference title since the Lady Broncos won four straight Nebraska Iowa Athletic Conference titles from 1997-2000.
Hastings got the day started on the right track going 3-0 in doubles play as Kelsey Brown (SO/Tucson, AZ) (SO/Oracle, AR) and Madison Fortunato (JR/Arvada, CO) picked up an 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles.
Alexa Obermier (SO/Holdrege, NE) and Brenna Obermier (JR/Holdrege, NE) won their No. 2 doubles match 8-5 and Sarah Knight (FR/Topeka, KS) and Bailey Christy (SR/Hastings, NE) slipped past Danielle Martin and Kayla Bussing 8-6.
With the sweep in doubles, all Hastings needed to do was to win two singles matches to claim its conference title in 17 years.
Kelsey Brown had little trouble at No. 1 singles winning 6-0 and 6-2 and then Sarah Knight sealed the deal winning at No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-4 giving HC five wins on the day. Alexa Obermier was able to dominate her match at No. 5 singles 8-0 for the final victory of the day.
Hastings finishes the season 7-7 (7-0) and will be the overall No. 1 seed in the GPAC tournament and will have a bye as the Lady Broncos will face the winner of College of Saint Mary and Concordia Friday May 5 at 4:30 p.m. in Fremont, NE.
Women:Hastings and Midland tied 3-3
Kelsey Brown def. Annie Allmand, 6-0, 6-2
Madison Fortunato lost to Whitney Schutt, 3-6, 6-4, 11-13
Bailey Christy lost to Christina Villarreal, 3-6, 2-6
Sarah Knight def. Carolyn Howton, 6-0, 6-4
Alexa Obermier def. Olivia Neth, 8-0
Kelsey Flaherty (JR/Grand Island, NE) lost Danielle Martin, 8-9 (Martin won tiebreaker 7-4)
#1 Hastings & #2 Doane – Bye
#4 College of Saint Mary vs. #5 Concordia – 11:30am
#3 Morningside vs. #6 Midland – 11:30am
#1 Hastings vs. #4/5 winner – 4:30pm
#2 Doane vs. #3/6 winner – 4:30pm
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Men's & Women's Championship Matches