The Seward County Community College womenís tennis team began the NJCAA National Tennis Tournament on Sunday with three singles victories in the opening round of competition. SCCC sophomore Uthala Abdullah and freshmen Erica Herrera and Senela Dejanovic each won their first singles match and sophomores Amina Abdullah and Hanna Hepp were both defeated in their first round matches. The No. 13 nationally-ranked Lady Saints are currently in a four-way tie for 8th place in the team championship standings, with six overall points. The Lady Saints have the highest current ranking in the national tournament standings among NJCAA Region VI colleges (Cowley 20th, Johnson County 13th).

Uthala Abdullah dominated her No. 2 singles match defeating Katelyn McCreary (Lewis and Clark C.C.) 6-3 and 6-1. It is the second straight year Uthala Abdullah has advanced in the championship bracket to second round competition after winning her opening match. In 2006, Uthala Abdullah won her first two matches and finished in the Round of 8 at the National Tournament. She will play her second round match against Cowley College on Monday.

Herrera was the runner-up at No. 4 singles at regionals, but came out strong in her first round match in Tucson defeating Danni Marion (Waubonsee C.C.) 6-1 and 6-1. Herrera has advanced to the second round in the championship bracket and will play Central Florida C.C. on Monday.

Dejanovic defeated Denisse Rodriguez, from Pima C.C. in No. 5 singles play, 6-3 and 6-3. Dejanovic, who was also a runner-up at regionals in singles play, has advanced to the second round and will play against Collin County C.C. on Monday.

Amina Abdullah was defeated in three games during her opening match in No. 1 singles play. Amina Abdullah took on Shailyn Abbott, from Arkansas Fort Smith, in a match that went back and forth. Abbott won the first game 6-2, and then Amina Abdullah controlled game-two 6-1. Amina Abdullah fell in the deciding game-three, 6-3, and will move to the consolation bracket where she will have a first round bye before facing an opponent who will be determined today.

Hepp fell in her opening tournament match at No. 3 singles against Erica Lueker (Lewis and Clark C.C.) 6-4 and 6-3. Hepp will now compete in the consolation bracket where she will await her opponent who has not yet been determined.

Doubles action will begin today with the Abdullah sisters facing Broward Community College in No. 1 doubles and Herrera and Hepp taking on Kalamazoo Valley Community College at No. 2 doubles.