GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Taylor women's tennis team finished up play Friday at the ITA Midwest Regional, hosted by Davenport University, with a few quality performances against a number of talented teams.
There are no team scores in the ITA Regional, as the top players from each respective school participate in an open draw for both singles and doubles play. If the players split sets, a ten point tiebreaker is used to determine the winner of the match. Also, to ensure that each player competes in two or more matches, the losers in the opening round of play are entered into a separate consolation draw.
In the singles draw, Taylor sophomore Katherine Marquez was seeded ninth and was able to earn a victory in her opening match over Makenzie Estrem of Indiana Wesleyan 6-1, 6-0, but Marquez was overcome in the second round by Huntington's Constanze Golz 3-6, 6-1, 10-5.
Marquez was the only Trojan to come away with a win in the opening round of singles play, as the rest were entered into the consolation draw.
Junior Rachel Kammer made the most of that opportunity and advanced through to the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket. Kammer's route in the consolation draw included two wins, one over an Indiana Tech opponent in a hard-fought match and another over teammate Kelsey Chow 6-2, 7-5.
In doubles action, Taylor had some tough matchups in the opening round and fell in all three of its matches. Kammer and doubles partner Betsy Jones advanced all the way to semifinals in the consolation draw however, after an 8-5 win over Perez and Morrell of Indiana Tech. The Taylor duo lost in the semifinal of the consolation draw to Davenport's Montserrat Elizondo and Angelica Woods 8-2.
Both head coach Jini Morgan and assistant coach Janet Goff continue to see improvement in how the Trojans have been playing, and it's recently been displayed by three consecutive wins in the Crossroads League.
The completed draws and overall winners in both singles and doubles play can be found at the link above.
Taylor (3-4, 3-2 CL) will now return home for a Crossroads League match with Goshen on September 17 at 4:00 pm.