The Seward County Community College women’s tennis team ended their remarkable season in 10th place at the NJCAA Women’s Tennis National Championship Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, last week. The Lady Saints finished with 17 teams points which placed them two points behind ninth place, Scottsdale Community College. Broward Community College (49 points) won the National Championship with Hillsborough College (38 points) finishing runner-up and Lee College (37 points) finishing in third place. Seward County finished the six day tournament (May 7-12) with a combined team record of 11-11 overall (match play) and had several players finish in the Top 16 in each classification.

The Lady Saints had two singles players lose their final match in the Round of Eight, as No. 4 singles player Uthala Abdullah, and No. 6 singles competitor Hanna Hepp each finished in the Top Eight of the National Tournament. Uthala Abdullah won her first two matches before falling in the round of eight, while Hepp received a bye before winning one match and dropping her last competition.

Perhaps the most exciting finish came from Seward County No. 5 singles player, Charity Andrews, who lost her first match and then came through the consolation bracket to finish 17th overall in her classification. Andrews was defeated by Amber Lyon (Scottsdale C.C.) in the first round 6-2 and 6-4. Andrews drew a first round (consolation bracket) bye before defeating Wabaunsee Community College, Sinclair College and then Abraham Baldwin in the championship, for the consolation bracket championship. Andrews’ win was the deciding victory that secured a Top Ten finish for the Lady Saints tennis team in the National Championship Tournament.

Two Lady Saints singles players recorded 1-1 records to finish in the Round of 16. SCCC No. 1 singles player, Thu Ha Mai and No. 3 singles player, Amina Abdullah, both won first round matches before dropping their Round of 16 competitions.

In doubles play No. 2 doubles pair, Amina Abdullah and Uthala Abdullah continued their strong play together finishing 2-1 in the tournament, while reaching the Round of Eight (Quarter Finals). The Abdullah twin sisters defeated Pima Community College, 6-2 and 6-1 in the first round, and then knocked off Eastern Arizona College, 6-1 and 6-2. The Abdullah’s finished their year with a 6-2 and 7-5 loss to Lee College.

Hanna Hepp and Charity Andrews competed at No. 3 doubles with a 1-1 overall record. Hepp and Andrews defeated Wabaunsee (6-0, 6-1) and then dropped their final match against Collin County Community College (6-3, 6-0).

The Lady Saints tennis program had a banner year in 2006 with a third place finish at the Region VI Tournament, 10th place finish at the National Tournament and a final ITA national ranking at No. 20. Four singles players received Top 90 final national rankings and all six players competing in doubles received rankings in the top 60 in the country.