CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Mount St. Joseph women's tennis team went into today's matchup with Defiance College with their postseason destiny in their own hands. A win in the match would qualify the Lions for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship for the first time in program history.
The Lions opened the match by taking a commanding 3-0 lead after the doubles portion. The number one doubles team of seniors Blake Nelson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Amelia) and Hannah Broermann (Okeana, Ohio/Badin) secured the 8-4 win to get The Mount on the board. Senior Kelsey Knodell (Delaware, Ohio/Rutherford B. Hayes) and freshman Erin Kallmeyer (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) secured an 8-2 win over the number two team for Defiance. Finally at number three doubles, sophomores Katie Fellinger (North Bend, Ohio/Taylor) and Tessa Mayes (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) dominated to the tune of an 8-1 win.
Going into the singles matches up 3-0, the Lions put themselves into a good position to secure their first HCAC Championship birth in program history. Defiance would finally get on the board at number one singles. Nelson fought hard against the number one from Defiance, but came up just a bit short. The Lions would take the next five matches enroute to the 8-1 win. Broermann, Kallmeyer, Fellinger, and Knodell would all win their singles matches in straight sets. Jessica Berger (Milan, Ind./Milan), the lone Lions to play singles that did not play doubles also won her match.
After the match the Lions honored their three seniors, as this was the final home match of their careers. Blake Nelson, Hannah Broermann and Kelsey Knodell capped off their Mount St. Joseph careers with a historic win. The Lions will travel to Nicholasville, Ky. next weekend for the HCAC Championship. They will take on the number three seed Transylvani on Friday at 6:00 PM.