Thu, Oct. 20, 2011 - [Women's Tennis]
IIAC Tournament Web Page
By Jack Metz for the Sports Information Office
The 2011 Iowa Conference Women's Individual Conference Tournament took place last weekend at the Clark Racquet Center at Coe College.
The tournament was hosted by Loras College, as each institution rotates hosting once every nine years within the conference. Loras women's tennis coach Karl Stubben helped administer the tournament, which included five brackets of matches, three singles flights and two doubles flights.
Loras players participated in Flight B and Flight C for most of its action throughout the weekend and came away with positive strides compared to last season.
Loras played in 24 matches in the tournament, an improvement from its total of 11 games last season. In the 24 matches last weekend, the Duhawks won a total of 120 games and 10 matches, compared to a total of 71 games and one match victory last season.
The Duhawks greatest success on the court came from their young duo in the Flight B doubles tournament. Sophomore Estherjoy Mungai and first-year Caroline Rainey were able to win three matches as the eighth ranked team of the 32 teams in the Flight B bracket.
The Mungai/Rainey duo won their first match against Simpson College 8-3, won 8-3 against Central College in the second round, and then took down the number one ranked doubles team from the University of Dubuque 8-4 before falling in the semi-finals. The duo placed fourth overall in the Flight B Doubles bracket.
The Duhawks number one doubles team of senior Ale Ruales and junior Rachel Weglarz entered the Flight B bracket as the third ranked team and found early success after a first round bye to beat a team from Central College 8-1. The duo moved on to the elite 8 round, but lost to the team from Cornell that also defeated Mungai and Rainey for the third place match.
Ale Ruales, the number one singles player for Loras this season, was its lone competitor in the Flight A singles bracket, but did not escape the first round. She made the match close forcing the first game to go to extras before losing 7-6 (4), followed by a 6-2 loss.
The Duhawks had a strong showing of players in Flight C of the singles bracket with seven players participating. Loras found some success in the first round with victories from Rachel Weglarz, 8-5; Caroline Rainey, 8-1; and Sarah Alt, who had to win a play-in game 8-0 and continued to beat her first round opponent 8-0.
Est Mungai won her first round match-up 9-8 (5), and defeated her opponent from Wartburg 8-4 in the second round before losing in the third.
Coe College had both champions in the Flight A singles and Flight A doubles, their second straight title in both categories.
The Conference Tournament marks the end of the season for the Loras women's team as its team will prepare for next season to improving on the successes of the tournament. Loras will return seven players from this season's squad, but be without Ale Ruales and Caitlin Dolan who are set to graduate in May.