Women's Tennis Advances to Second Round of National Tournament, Defeats Westmont 5-4

(MOBILE,AL)---The Crimson Storm women's tennis team advanced to the second round of the NAIA National Tournament on Monday morning with a hard fought 5-4 victory over Westmont, California in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament in Mobile, Alabama.

The Crimson Storm started the day off with two important doubles victories as Larikah Russell and Nikkita Fountain won their #1 doubles match up 8-5 and Jana Maker and Caroline Magambo followed with an 8-4 win.

SNU would then earn points at #1 and #2 singles with convincing wins by Larikah Russell 6-0,6-0; and Nikkita Fountain at #2 6-0, 6-1. Jana Maker would clinch the final point with a 6-0, 6-3 win at #6 singles.

The victory moves the Crimson Storm into the second round where they will face SAC nemesis, Oklahoma Christian on Tuesday. OC has won both meetings between the two schools this season, 6-3 and 5-4.

With a win on Tuesday, SNU would advance further than they ever have in school history. SNU has twice advanced to the second round of the National Tournament, but has yet to advance beyond the second round of play.

Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (11-11) def. Westmont (Calif.) (8-16), 5-4

Singles
#1 - Larikah Russell (SNU) def. Kendyll Whiting (WC), 6-0; 6-0
#2 - Nikkita Fountain (SNU) def. Jenny Renfer (WC), 6-0; 6-1
#3 - Jen Goebel (WC) def. Caroline Magambo (SNU), 6-4; 6-2
#4 - Ashley Alleman (WC) def. Sara Sills (SNU), 6-0; 6-1
#5 - Sarah Gideon (WC) def. Becky Ciccone (SNU), 6-2; 2-6; 7-5
#6 - Jana Maker (SNU) def. Christie Sanghi (WC), 6-0; 6-3

Doubles
#1 - Russell/Fountain (SNU) def. Goebel/Whiting (WC), 8-5
#2 - Renfer/Gideon (WC) def. Ciccone/ Emily Kraft (SNU), 8-3
#3 - Magambo/Maker (SNU) def. Alleman/Sanghi (WC), 8-4