The Seward County Community College women’s tennis team finished in a three-way tie for 14th place, with 13 total team points at the NJCAA Women’s Tennis National Tournament at the Randolph Tennis Center, in Tucson, Ariz. The NJCAA Division I Tournament finished with Lee (TX) College winning the national championship with 45 points, and was followed by Hillsborough C.C. (40), Tyler C.C. (39), Cowley College (38), North Central Texas (28) and Collin County C.C. (28). Seward County finished the tournament strong with both doubles teams winning the consolation finals and sophomores Amina Abdullah and Hanna Hepp each playing in consolation bracket finals in singles competition.

The Lady Saints No. 1 doubles duo of Amina Abdullah and Uthala Abdullah dropped into the consolation bracket and then won their final three matches to win the consolation competition. They defeated Temple C.C. 8-4, and then advanced past Sinclair C.C. 8-1, before defeating Kalamazoo Valley 8-3 in the consolation bracket finals. Last year, the Abdullah sisters finished in the Round of 8 in national tournament doubles play.

The No. 2 doubles team of Hanna Hepp and Erica Herrera also made a march to the consolation bracket championship with victories over Rend Lake C.C. (8-5), Johnson County C.C. and in the championship match against Waubonsee, 8-6. Hepp and Herrera also took home a runner-up finish in doubles at the regional tournament in April.

Seward County also advanced two singles players into the consolation bracket finals, with No. 1 singles player, Amina Abdullah, and No. 3 singles player, Hanna Hepp, each winning two matches before falling in the consolation bracket finals.

Amina Abdullah defeated Oakland C.C. 8-1, and then advanced to the consolation finals with a dominating 8-0 victory against Temple C.C. Abdullah dropped her final match in the consolation bracket, 0-8, against Meridian C.C.

Hepp, a 2005 graduate of Liberal High School, completed her junior college tennis career with victories in the consolation bracket against Elgin C.C. (8-2) and Abraham Baldwin (8-6), before dropping the consolation finals match against Temple C.C., 3-8.