The No. 17 nationally-ranked Seward County Community College women’s tennis team opened its season with a pair of duals in Kearney, Neb., last weekend. The Lady Saints suffered a 0-9 defeat against the University of Nebraska Kearney, but then posted their first match win against Concordia University, 6-3. SCCC finished competition with a 5-7 record in singles and a 1-5 mark in doubles. Following a successful fall season that saw the Lady Saints post a perfect 4-0 mark in dual competition, SCCC is trying to make its third straight trip to nationals this spring.

UNK was too much for Seward County on Friday as only one match ended past a straight-set win for the Lady Lopers. Freshman Juliana Boas took Marcelle Strydom to three sets in a 6-1, 4-6, 4-6 battle.

Seward County came away with the 6-3 match victory on Saturday with Boas leading the way in a 6-2, 6-1 No. 3 singles victory. Sophomore Erica Herrera also cruised to a 6-2, 6-5 victory in No. 5 singles for the Lady Saints.

Lady Saints’ No. 1 singles player Fabiola Wisnesky picked up her first collegiate win with a 6-5, 7-6 (7-2) triumph over Hannah Krueger.

SCCC sophomore Sanela Dejanovic (6-4, 2-6, 10-2) and freshman Alyssa Larson (6-2, 3-6, 10-5) also added wins for the Lady Saints.

Wisnesky and Boas teamed at No. 1 doubles for Seward County, and the pair of freshmen came away with the Lady Saints only doubles victory on the weekend with an 8-3 victory over Erinn Beckman/Heather Jackson.

The Lady Saints will face No. 9 Barton County Community College this Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m. in their only home match this spring season. Seward County and the Lady Cougars will start play at 1 p.m. at the Blue Bonnet Park Tennis Courts in Liberal.