The Seward County Lady Saints Tennis Team faired quite well on day 1 of their 2009 NJCAA National Tournament in Tucson, Arizona. After one day of play Seward sits in a tie for 10th, but just 2 points out of 5th place in the tournament. Fabiola Wisnesky faced a tough draw in round one, squaring off with the 5th ranked player in the country from Meridan CC. She lost that match 6-0, 6-2 but will still compete in the consolation round of the tournament. Juliana Boas moved onto the round of 16 by defeating a player from Sauk Valley CC in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. Valerie Stevens fell in one of the best matches of the day 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 against St. Petersburg College while the Lady Saints picked up points in both the #4 and #5 singles matches with wins from Alyssa Larson and Antigone Lowery. Larson lost her first set 6-4 before coming back to take the 2nd set 7-5 and then really turned it on in the 3rd and deciding set, winning 6-0 against Lewis and Clark CC. Lowery continued her solid play and followed up her Region VI Tournament Championship with a win in the first round of the National Tournament 6-0, 6-4 against Marion Military Institute. Sylvia Perez lost 6-0, 6-0 against Eastern Arizona in the #6 singles bracket but will continue her road in the consolation bracket later. Check http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=75034 for updates throughout the week.