Trinity 5, Hardin-Simmons 2

May 8, 2005

SAN ANTONIO The fifth-ranked Trinity Tigers womens tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals Sunday with a 5-2 West Region victory over the No. 9 Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls at Delavan Tennis Stadium.

Trinity (21-3-1) will compete for the 13th consecutive time in the national team event, to be held May 18-20 at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Tigers won the NCAA crown in 2000. Hardin-Simmons completed the season at 16-7.

Tiger first-year player Laura Steinmetz of The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands HS), clinched the dual match delayed 4 ½ hours by rain in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles over first-year Hazel de la Torre.

Trinity led 2-1 after doubles, winning Nos. 1 and 3. First-year player Alicia Hunt of Portland, Ore. (Catlin School), and junior Hayley Dittus of Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood HS), were first on the board by capturing No. 3 doubles, 8-1, over Cowgirls junior McKenzie Swindle and first-year Tracy Henington. Steinmetz and senior Christy Austin of Dallas (Ursuline Academy) gave Trinity a 2-0 lead by taking the top doubles 8-0 over Hardin-Simmons senior Stephanie Haynes and sophomore Sarah Beth Bolin. The Cowgirls picked up a point by winning No. 2 doubles as de la Torre and junior Caroline Scott beat Trinity seniors Jackie Mendillo of St. Louis (John Burroughs School) and Megan Suarez of Grapevine, Texas (Southlake Carroll HS), 8-6.

The Tigers went up 3-1 as Dittus won No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-3 over Haynes. Hunt widened Trinitys lead to 4-1 after beating Henington 6-3, 6-2 at No 2 singles.

Hardin-Simmons closed to 2-4 as Swindle won No. 4 singles 6-4, 6-2 over Suarez.

Mendillo earlier received a bid to the NCAA singles tournament, slated for May 21-23 at Kalamazoo. Austin and Steinmetz will play in the doubles event and Hunt was named a singles alternate.

Trinitys men beat Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) 4-0 on Saturday and will play in the NCAA national tournament May 18-20 at California-Santa Cruz. The singles and doubles entries will be announced Monday.

COLLEGE TENNIS
NCAA DIVISION III WOMENS WEST REGIONAL
at Trinity University, San Antonio

TRINITY 5, HARDIN-SIMMONS 2

DOUBLES

1. Christy Austin/Laura Steinmetz, Trinity, def. Stephanie Haynes/Sarah Beth Bolin 8-0
2. Caroline Scott/Hazel de la Torre, Hardin-Simmons, def. Jackie Mendillo/Megan Suarez 8-6
3. Alicia Hunt/Hayley Dittus, Trinity, def. McKenzie Swindle/Tracy Henington 8-1.

SINGLES (completed matches only)
2. Hunt, Trinity, def. Henington 6-3, 6-2
3. Steinmetz, Trinity, def. de la Torre 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 (match clinched and called)
4. Swindle, Hardin-Simmons, def. Suarez 6-4, 6-2
5. Dittus, Trinity, def. Haynes 6-1, 6-3

Singles matches not completed:
1. Mendillo, Trinity, vs. Scott
6. Austin, Trinity, vs. Bolin

Records Trinity 21-3-1, Hardin-Simmons 16-7
Note: Trinity advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals May 18 at Kalamazoo, Mich.

--Courtesy Trinity