OMAHA, Neb. - The Wichita State women's tennis program won its 10th Missouri Valley Conference Championship, and its third in the past four years, with a 4-0 win over seventh-seeded Northern Iowa Sunday afternoon at the Hanscom Indoor Tennis Center in Omaha, Neb.
The Shockers opened play with a sweep of the Panthers, then won three consecutive singles matches to secure their spot in the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship.
Wichita State's No. 1 doubles tandem of Anna Egorova and Lutfiana Budiharto dropped just one game en route to an 8-1 win over UNI's Sampada Kanade and Diana Mendez to open doubles play, and the Shockers' No. 2 duo of Stephanie Dalmacio and Florentina Hanisch followed with an 8-4 win over UNI's Phoebe Walker and Laia Gonzalez-Garrido to give WSU an early 1-0 lead.
Anna Egorova made her statement in singles play with straight set sweep of UNI's Phoebe Walker, 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 match. Stephanie Dalmacio was equally impressive in the No. 4 match where the junior notched a 6-1, 6-1 win over Jessica Kunzelmann that pushed WSU's lead to 3-0, setting Torrie Browning up to clench the match. The Shockers' four-year senior did just that, earning a 6-1, 6-4 win over Sampada Kanade in the No. 3 match to seal the WSU win.
"I'm very proud of our girls and the way they fought today," Director of Tennis Chris Young said. "After losing a tough championship match last year we were focused and weren't going to settle for anything less than a championship. Northern Iowa was the hot team coming into this match and we did what we needed to do for the win."
As the Missouri Valley Conference champion, the Shockers will represent the conference in the 2009 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship, which is scheduled to begin May 8. First round pairings will be announced Tuesday at 4:20 p.m. on ESPNNews. The team will hold a watch party beginning at 4 p.m. at the Fox and Hound restaurant in Wichita's Waterfront area.