WICHITA — A string of five straight trips to the NAIA National Tennis Championships may have come to an end for the Bethel College women's tennis team after a 5-1 loss to McPherson College Saturday in the finals of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament in Wichita.
Bethel opened the day with a 5-0 win over Ottawa in the semifinals.
Bethel was one of the few teams to consistently reach national play with an entire roster of in-state players.
McPherson, which wins both the conference title and post-season tournament title, has just two in-state players, only one of which played. The majority of the team is from California, along with a player from Texas and a player from Germany.
Steph Shogren, who was earlier named NAIA national player of the week, claimed the sole win for the Threshers, claiming a three-set win at second singles. Shogren is the sole senior for the Threshers.
She ends the season 15-5 in singles and 15-6 in doubles with Bree Honer. Honer ended the season 15-5 in singles.
Allie Hipp finished the season 12-7 in singles. Madelyn Weaver finished the season 12-6 in singles. Hipp and Weaver finished the year 12-7 in doubles.
Ashley Suhr finished the season 10-3 in singles. Alyssa Scheuerman finished the season 11-7 in singles. Scheuerman and Rachel Shogren went 10-3 in doubles.
McPherson enters nationals 17-6. Bethel ends the season 10-5, with two of the losses coming from McPherson.
The Bethel men ended the season Friday with a 5-4 loss to McPherson in the KCAC post-season tournament semifinals in Wichita.
For the Bethel men, Logan Palenske finished the season 16-4 in singles. Chis Soosalu finished 14-5 in singles. Palenske and Soosalu finished 17-2 at doubles.
Clinton Chlumsky finished 13-5 in singles. Jesse Voth-Gaeddert finished 13-6 in singles. Chlumsky and Voth-Gaddert finished 13-3 in doubles.
Jenson Kingsley finished 11-5 in singles. Davian Lightbourne finished 5-4 in singles. Kingsley and Brooks Taylor finished 5-6 in doubles.
McPherson then fell to Bethany 5-3 in the finals. Bethel ends the season 10-3, the best showing for the Threshers in years.
The Bethel men lose three seniors — Clinton Chlumsky, Kristopher Dubach and Wesley Goodrich.
Bethel 5, Ottawa 0
SINGLES — 1. Bree Honer (BC) def. Jennifer Luedtke (OU) 6-1, 6-0; Steph Shoegren (BC) def. Madeline Bellew (OU) 6-2, 6-2.
DOUBLES — Honer-Shogren (BC) def. Luedtke-Bellew (OU) 8-5, Weaver-Hipp (BC) def. Peterson-Good (OU) 8-0, Shogren-Scheueman (BC) def. Agnew-Bailey (OU) 8-4.
McPherson 5, Bethel 1
SINGLES — Emma Sheehan (Mac) vs. Bree Honer (BC) DNF; Steph Shogren (BC) def. Nikki Vorhees (Mac) 6-3, 0-6, 6-2; Brooke Vorhees (Mac) def. Allie Hipp (BC) 6-0, 6-1; Brittany Gourlay (Mac) def. Madelyn Weaver (JR-Hesston, Kan.) (BC) 6-2, 6-4; Claire Crossman (Mac) vs. Ashley Suhr (BC) DNF; Chandler Short (Mac) vs. Alyssa Scheverman (BC) DNF.
DOUBLES — B.Vorhees-N.Vorhees (Mac) def. Honer-S.Shogren (BC) 8-3; Sheehan-Gourlay (Mac) def. Hipp-Weaver (BC) 8-2; Kara Wright-Short (Mac) def. R. Shogren-Scheverman (BC) 8-5.
McPherson 5, Bethel 4
SINGLES — Rafael Bulnes (MC) def. Logan Palenske (BC) 7-5, 6-4; J.M. Fajula (MC) def. Clinton Chlumsky (BC) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; Jesse Voth-Gaeddert (BC) def. Mark Mahan (MC) 6-1, 6-3; Sean De Young (MC) def. Chris Soosalu (BC) 7-5, 6-2; Jenson Kingsley (BC) def. Allen Darmawan (MC) 6-3, 6-2; Jamie Roman (MC) def. Davian Lightbourne (BC) 6-2, 6-1.
DOUBLES — Chlumsky-Voth-Gaeddert (BC) def. Bulnes-Fajula (MC) 9-8, Palenske-Soosalu (BC) def. Mahan- De Young (MC) 8-5, Irwin-Schafer (MC) def. Kingsley-Taylor (BC) 8-2.