DBU Finishes Second in 2012 Heartland Conference Tournament

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The Dallas Baptist Lady Patriot Tennis Team (16-5) finished just short of a 2012 Heartland Conference Tournament Championship as they were defeated by the St. Edward’s University Lady Hilltoppers (14-9) on Saturday afternoon, 5-2, in the Championship Final in Austin, Texas.

DBU went into the conference championship as the #1 seed, receiving an automatic bye into the semifinal match, where they faced the Lady Rattlers from St. Mary’s University on Friday evening.  In semifinal action, the Lady Patriots took a 2-1 lead after doubles play with No. 1 doubles (Gennissen/Innes) and No. 2 doubles (Rutt/Daugherty) winning, 8-4 and 8-6.  DBU made quick work of the Lady Rattlers in singles play with Freshman Natalie Gennissen (6-1, 6-2), Senior Hannah Innes (7-5, 6-3), and Freshman Katie Daugherty (6-2, 6-2), all winning their respective matches to defeat St. Mary’s, 5-2, and move on to face St. Edward’s in the final on Saturday.

The Lady Patriots trailed St. Edward’s, 2-1, after doubles play, with only No. 1 doubles (Gennissen/Innes) winning (8-2).  In No. 1 singles, Gennissen was able to defeat Khadhzyan (6-4, 6-3), who had defeated the Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year, Monica Pieratt from UA Fort Smith, during semifinal action the day before.  DBU was unable to score another point as they lost in No. 2 (6-0, 6-3), No. 3 (6-4, 7-6), and No. 6 (6-3, 6-0) singles to fall to the Lady Hilltoppers, 5-2.

DBU now will look towards a possible fourth straight NCCAA National Title as they travel to Mobile, Alabama, to compete in the NCCAA National Tournament on May 8-11, 2012.

Dallas Baptist 5, St. Mary’s 2 (Semifinal)

Singles Competition
Natalie Genissen (DBU) def. Valentine Lambrechts (StMU) 6-1, 6-2
Angelique De Oliveir (StMU) def. Leah Rutt 6-2, 6-0
Hannah Innes (DBU) def. Kelly Cooper (StMU) 7-5, 6-3
Katie Daugherty (DBU) def. Donessia Gonzalez (StMU) 6-2, 6-2
Leah Smith (DBU) vs. Elisha Bryant (StMU) 0-6, 1-1, unfinished
Arianne Goddard (DBU) vs. Erica Carmona (StMU) 1-6, 2-0, unfinished

Doubles Competition
Natalie Gennissen/Hannah Innes (DBU) def. Valentine Lambrechts/Angelique De Oliveir (StMU) 8-4
Leah Rutt/Katie Daugherty (DBU) def. Donessia Gonzalez/Erica Carmona (StMU) 8-6
Kelly Cooper/Elisha Bryant (StMU) def. Leah Smith/Lexi Yeado (DBU) 8-5

St. Edward’s 5, Dallas Baptist 2 (Championship)

Singles Competition
Natalie Gennissen (DBU) def. Alexandra Khadhzyan (SEU) 6-4, 6-3
Paige Rachel (SEU) def. Leah Rutt (DBU) 6-0, 6-3
Audrey Tompkins (SEU) def. Hannah Innes (DBU) 6-4, 7-6
Katie Daugherty (DBU) vs. Rafaela Haegele (SEU) 6-3, 4-6, 2-1, unfinished
Leah Smith (DBU) vs. Mary Bain (SEU) 6-7, 4-3, unfinished
Heather Brien (SEU) def. Arianne Goddard (DBU) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles Competition
Natalie Gennissen/Hannah Innes (DBU) def. Alexandra Khadhzyan/Audrey Tompkins (SEU) 8-2
Paige Rachel/Rafaela Haegele (SEU) def. Katie Daugherty/Leah Rutt (DBU) 8-1
Mary Bain/Francesca Chaher (SEU) def. Leah Smith/Lexi Yeado (DBU) 8-5