The Seward County Community College women’s tennis program is heading back to the NJCAA Women’s National Tennis Tournament. The Seward County Lady Saints finished the Regional Tournament last weekend in Wichita ranked third among Region VI programs trying to qualify for Nationals. Johnson County won the Regional with 23 points, Cowley College finished in second place with 18 points and Seward County received 17.5 points finishing in third place. The Lady Saints also had two Regional champions as Uthala Abdullah won No. 4 singles and then teamed with her twin sister, Amina Abdullah, to win at No. 2 doubles at the Regional Tournament.

The Region VI Tournament consisted of six Kansas junior colleges, which had six singles players and four doubles pairs competing to earn points for their teams to qualify for the National Tournament held in Tucson, Arizona, on May 7-12. Johnson County, Cowley and Seward County all reserved their place in the National Tournament with strong performances last weekend.

Uthala Abdullah was the highest ranked Lady Saints singles player at No. 4. Abdullah won her regional championship in three sets defeating Johnson County’s No. 4 singles player, 6-3, 1-6 and 6-4. The day was not complete for Uthala. Amina Abdullah joined her sister at No. 2 doubles and picked up their hardware in a straight sets win over Johnson County’s No. 2 duo, 6-1 and 6-4. The two Regional Championships match the two won in 2004 by former Lady Saints player, Alejandra Miranda-Sanchez, who won at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles.

Seward County sophomore, Charity Andrews, finished as Regional runner-up in No. 5 singles dropping her match against Johnson County, 7-5 and 6-3. Andrews then played with freshman, Hanna Hepp, in the No. 3 doubles championship match. Andrews and Hepp were defeated 7-6 and 6-2, earning regional runner-up.

The Lady Saints are currently ranked No. 20 in the latest ITA/NJCAA Division I Women’s Tennis rankings. Seward County is scheduled to begin play at the NJCAA National Tournament on Sunday, May 7 in Tucson, Arizona.