Women’s Tennis remains undefeated in league

Bellevue College women’s tennis remains undefeated in their league matches after their 9-0 victory over Treasure Valley last weekend. Winning in both singles and doubles, the team continues their winning streak and cements their place in the number one slot in the 2014 standings of the North West Athletic Association of Community Colleges.

Leading the Bulldogs, Rixing Xu won 6-0 and 6-0 in singles with the team not far behind her, winning all their singles matches: Anna Lefebvre with 6-1, 6-2; Nadean Al-Ali with 6-3, 6-1; Kristy Braunston with 6-0, 6-1 and Melanie Mortensen with 6-3, 6-2. The win did not come as a surprise to Head Coach Jason Chapman, who expected his “team to beat every team in the league.” Chapman even set up matches with four-year schools that, although they do not affect the rankings, to allow for “stronger match play in the pre-season before the matches against the NWAACC schools.”

The team was definitely ready when it came time to play Treasure Valley and were “working on a lot of different things,” explained Chapman, mainly “working on some specific strategies for singles.”

Since the introduction of Head Coach Jason Chapman almost ten years ago, the team has placed first in the NWAACC Women’s Tennis Championships for the past eight years. Since 2005 the team has held the title and consecutively brought home a Bulldog championship.

With the current standing in their league matches of four wins and zero losses this year, it is not going to be any different. However there is always room for improvement, explains Chapman. He believes that the doubles need work, “especially communication with each other, our strategies and movement.”

The 2014 NWAACC Tennis Championship Tournament will be held in Spokane Falls Community College on May 9 and May 10. The BC tennis team has three more matches before the championships.IMG_5079