Women's Tennis Downs OC 5-2, Advances to Quarterfinals

(MOBILE,AL)---The Crimson Storm women's tennis team defeated Oklahoma Christian on Tuesday morning, 5-2, to advance to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament. SNU's win marks the first time in school history that the Crimson Storm has advanced beyond the second round of the NAIA National Tournament in women's tennis.

The Crimson Storm were dominant against fellow SAC school, Oklahoma Christian, taking doubles wins at #1 and #2 and singles victories at #1, #2, and #6 before the match was called.

SNU’s Larikah Russell continued her dominating performance this season, upping her record to 21-1 on the season with an impressive win over OC’s #1 Michaela Sheibalova 6-1, 6-1. Nikkita Fountain added an impressive win at #2, 6-4, 6-3 over Linda Tempelfelde and Jana Maker followed with a 6-0, 6-1 win at #6 singles over Micah Wooten.

In doubles, the tandem of Russell and Fountain improved to 21-1 on the year with an 8-2 win at #1 doubles and the duo of Caroline Magambo and Jana Maker added an 8-5 win at #2 doubles.

OC had defeated SNU 6-3 and 5-4 in the regular season, but the Crimson Storm avenged those losses on Tuesday with an impressive 5-2 win, catapulting the Crimson Storm into the quarterfinals. SNU will be the only non-seeded team in the final eight. All other top seeds advanced on Tuesday morning.

The Crimson Storm improves to 14-11 on the season and will battle 3rd-seeded Flagler, Florida on Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the National Quarterfinals. Tuesday’s win was historic for SNU as it marks the first time a women’s tennis team at Southern Nazarene has advanced to the National Quarterfinals.

Below is the Quarterfinals schedule for Wednesday and SNU’s final results from their match with OC.

Quarterfinals, Wednesday, May 19
(1) Auburn Montgomery vs. (8) Brenau
(5) Point Loma Nazarene vs. (4) Vanguard
(3) Flagler vs. Southern Nazarene (Okla.)
(7) Azusa Pacific (Calif.) vs. (2) Northwood

Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (14-11) def. #6 Oklahoma Christian (15-5), 5-2

#1 - Larikah Russell (SNU) def. Michaela Sheibalova (OC), 6-1; 6-1
#2 - Nikkita Fountain (SNU) def. Linda Tempelfelde (OC), 6-4; 6-3
#3 - Ashley Sims (OC) def. Caroline Magambo (SNU), 6-0; 7-5
#4 - Sara Sills (SNU) vs. Linda Proctor (OC), 3-6; 3-5 DNF
#5 - Becky Ciccone (SNU) vs. Tarryn DeSouza (OC), 1-6; 6-0; 0-3 DNF
#6 - Jana Maker (SNU) def. Micah Wooten (OC), 6-0; 6-1

#1 - Russell/Fountain (SNU) def. Tempelfelde/Sims (OC), 8-2
#2 - Magambo/Maker (SNU) def. Shejbaloua/DeSouza (OC), 8-5
#3 - Proctor/Wooten (OC) def. Emily Kraft/Ciccone (SNU), 8-3

Match Officials - Romeo Dobre (CC), Aimee Johnson, Joe Taranto