The Bethel College women’s tennis team claimed its third straight KCAC regular-season championship and 16th overall, stopping rival Tabor 8-1 Monday at the Ward Tennis Center on the BC campus.


Bethel led the meet 2-1 after doubles play, then swept the singles to clinch the title.


The Bethel College women’s tennis team claimed its third straight KCAC regular-season championship and 16th overall, stopping rival Tabor 8-1 Monday at the Ward Tennis Center on the BC campus.

Bethel led the meet 2-1 after doubles play, then swept the singles to clinch the title.

“Obviously this is another great day for Bethel women’s tennis, wrapping up our third straight undefeated regular season KCAC Championship,” Bethel coach Lonnis Isaac said. “ We were really tight right out of the gate and really struggled in doubles but were able to be up 2-1 going into singles. Madelyn Weaver and Allie Hipp were able to close things out at third doubles to give us that lead after we split our first two matches.

“In singles I thought we played really well. Ashley Koester and Steph Shogren both came back after a tough doubles loss and played really well in singles. Miranda Weaver also had a very solid win over a player she had struggled with recently and it was good to see her win convincingly. The highlight of the day was seeing Katie Malotte win a tough three-setter and get the clinching fifth point at the time. Being a senior it was a great moment for Katie winning her final match on the Bethel courts.”

The Threshers improve to 13-5, 6-0 in KCAC play. Tabor falls to 8-5, 4-2 in KCAC play.

“We will enjoy this for a few days and then get back to work on Wednesday,” Isaac said. “This team has bigger goals and we know that we will have to play well at the conference tournament. Tabor and Kansas Wesleyan both have strong teams and have players that our capable of knocking us off if we aren’t ready to go. Chad has done a great job at Tabor this year and it wouldn’t surprise me if we see them again.”

Bethel will face either Bethany, Friends or Southwestern in the semifinals of the post-season tournament.

The Bethel men were knocked out of post-season contention with a 5-4 loss to Tabor. A Bethel win would have landed the Threshers into the third seed in the conference. The loss sets Bethel back to fifth. The top four advance.

“This was another tough loss for our guys,” Isaac said. “We knew going in that it would probably be a 5-4 type of match and that we would be favored at the top of the lineup and Tabor College at the bottom of the lineup.”

Tabor improves to 7-8, 4-2 in KCAC play, taking the third seed. Bethel ends the season 3-12, 2-4 in KCAC play.

“I really felt like we had the potential to win second or third doubles, and when we didn’t get that second point early I knew it would be tough,” Isaac said. “After the first three singles, we were up 4-2 but just couldn’t find that fifth point. Clinton Chlumsky and Jesse Voth-Gaeddert continued to dominate at first doubles having completed an undefeated regular season at that spot. We don’t have any seniors on this team so while we are certainly dissapointed to not have qualified for the team tournament we will move forward and try to have a successful individual conference tournment to end our season.”

The post-season tournament schedule has not been posted.