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2011-12

Four Lancers earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete status

6/1/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Four members of Grace’s men’s and women’s tennis teams were named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

On the men’s team, Jonathan Allan was one of just 86 male student-athletes honored across the nation.

For the women’s team, a trio of seniors were named Scholar-Athletes in Jenessa Jergensen, Kelli Hamstra and Andrea Redhair.

Allan, Jergensen and Hamstra each earned their second straight Scholar-Athlete award while Redhair’s honor is her first.

To receive Scholar-Athlete status by the NAIA, student-athletes must attain a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and be at least a junior academically.


Three Lancers grab All-MCC honors

10/11/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Mid-Central College Conference named Jenessa Jergensen, Aaron Blevins and Daniel Sanchez to the All-Conference team after their standout performances in 2011.

Jergensen, who is receiving her third All-MCC award, completed her career as one of the all-time greatest players in Lady Lancer history. Overall, she finished tied for second in career singles wins (36-15), fourth in career doubles wins (33-18) and third in total wins (69-33).

On the men's side, freshman Daniel Sanchez made a splash in his first campaign, going undefeated in singles competition. Sanchez finished 11-0 while playing No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles.

He was nearly as flawless in doubles play with only a 5-8 loss in the MCC championship match spoiling an 11-1 doubles season.

Blevins, who was paired with Sanchez in doubles play throughout the season, earned an 11-1 record in doubles competition while playing at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

He proved equally tough in singles play, with only one loss to the University of Northwestern Ohio in the second match of the season. Overall, Blevins finished 10-1, including a 7-5, 6-2 win in the MCC championship match at No. 3 singles.


Spring Arbor upsets Grace to end season

10/4/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace's women's tennis team lost 2-5 to end their season in the first round of the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament.

The Lady Lancers (5-6), who were the fourth seed in the tournament, lost a pair of crucial matches in doubles competition to put themselves in a tight spot, and the Cougars (5-5) made Grace pay.

Fifth-seeded Spring Arbor earned a 9-7 win at No. 1 doubles against Jenessa Jergensen and Andrea Redhair and a 9-8 victory at No. 2 against Kristin Cassidy and Kelli Hamstra.

Only Esther Smith and Nicole Beguin at No. 3 doubles were able to produce a point, taking a hard-fought 9-8 win.

In singles competition, only Kristin Cassidy was victorious at No. 3 singles before Spring Arbor earned enough points to advance to the MCC semifinals.

"This was a wonderful season with a great group of girls. I could not have asked for better team," said head coach Vicki Sasso. "They are all great tennis players, but more importantly wonderful young adults that will make a great impact in our community. Our season end was bittersweet, but I hope that each player takes with them a sense of pride for how they performed this year!"


Grace edged out by Bethel

10/1/1

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Grace's women's tennis team narrowly fell to Bethel College in the Mid-Central College Conference regular season finale.

The Lady Lancers (5-5; 4-4 MCC) were evenly matched with the Pilots (8-4; 4-4 MCC) across the board, but Bethel earned enough points to hold onto the victory.

Kelli Hamstra and Kristin Cassidy had Grace's only doubles win at No. 2 doubles by the score of 8-4.

Both players went on to grab points in singles competition as well. Hamstra had a flawless 6-0, 6-0 performance at No. 4 singles, and Cassidy won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.

Nicole Beguin earned Grace's final point with a three-set victory at No. 5 singles. Her scoreline was 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

Andrea Redhair battled hard but fell 3-6, 6-2, 4-6 at No. 2 singles.

Grace will compete in the MCC Tournament starting next week.

 Doubles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen/Andrea Redhair lost 4-8
2. Kelli Hamstra/Kristin Cassidy won 8-4
3. Nicole Beguin/Janelle Hess lost 3-8
Singles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen lost 1-6, 1-6
2. Andrea Redhair lost 3-6, 6-2, 4-6
3. Kristin Cassidy won 6-2, 6-1
4. Kelli Hamstra won 6-0, 6-0
5. Nicole Beguin won 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
6. Esther Smith lost 0-6, 0-6 


Lady Lancers propel past Huntington

9/29/11

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Grace had a near-perfect match against Huntington University and moved into fourth place in the Mid-Central College Conference with a 7-2 victory.

With a win in their final MCC match on Saturday against Bethel, the Lady Lancers (5-4; 4-3 MCC) can secure their best MCC finish in two years.

Andrea Redhair, Kelli Hamstra and Nicole Beguin took team honors with two points apiece to their credit. Redhair teamed up with Janelle Hess at No. 3 doubles for an 8-6 win then dominated her opponent at No. 5 singles with a flawless 6-0,.6-0.

Hamstra was nearly as perfect in singles, dropping only one game to her opponent at No. 4 singles. She also combined with Kristin Cassidy for an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles.

Jenessa Jergensen and Redhair posted an 8-4 win at the top doubles position while Redhair went on to win 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2 singles.

Esther Smith, playing No. 6 singles, was also solid with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over her opponent.

"Today was a very solid win for us. We started on solid ground and continued that way throughout the match," said head coach Vicki Sasso. "We have a very cohesive team, and I was lucky enough to be their coach this season. I am truly amazed with all these young ladies and am proud to be their coach."

Doubles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen/Andrea Redhair won 8-4
2. Kelli Hamstra/Kristin Cassidy won 8-2
3. Nicole Beguin/Janelle Hess won 8-6
Singles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen lost 7-5, 3-6, (5-10)
2. Andrea Redhair won 6-2, 7-5
3. Kristin Cassidy lost 6-1, 5-7, (9-11)
4. Kelli Hamstra won 6-1, 6-0
5. Nicole Beguin won 6-0, 6-0
6. Esther Smith won 6-1, 6-4


Grace earns clutch 5-4 win over Manchester

9/26/11

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – In a match that came down to the final point, Grace's women's tennis team eked out a 5-4 win over Manchester College on Monday.

The Lady Lancers (4-4) fell behind early after the Spartans (3-4) grabbed two wins in doubles competition. Only Kelli Hamstra and Kristin Cassidy were able to win at No. 2 doubles, and even that win was close at 8-6.

But Grace showed it was up for a comeback, taking four out of six singles points to win the match.

The deciding point came from No. 6 singles, when Janelle Hess pulled out a 7-6 (3), 7-5 win over Jillian Bower.

Jenessa Jergensen (No. 1), Andrea Redhair (No. 2) and Hamstra (No. 4) also earned straight-set wins in singles play. Nicole Beguin lost a tough battle, 6-4, 2-6 (10-7) at No. 5 singles.

Grace will welcome Indiana Tech to Miller Field on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. match.

Doubles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen/Andrea Redhair lost 6-8
2. Kelli Hamstra/Kristin Cassidy won 8-6
3. Nicole Beguin/Esther Smith lost 2-8
Singles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen won 6-0, 6-1
2. Andrea Redhair won 6-3, 6-1
3. Kristin Cassidy lost 4-6, 0-6
4. Kelli Hamstra won 6-0, 6-0
5. Nicole Beguin lost 6-4, 2-6, (10-7)
6. Janelle Hess won 7-6 (3), 7-5


Grace dominant versus Goshen

9/20/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Grace women's tennis team put on a strong performance on Tuesday at Miller Field, taking eight of nine points against Goshen College.

The Lady Lancers (3-4; 3-3 MCC) won at every position besides No. 3 doubles, where they narrowly fell 5-8.

Jenessa Jergensen, Andrea Redhair, Kelli Hamstra and Kristin Cassidy each accounted for two wins in singles and doubles competition. Jergensen had to battle to a three-set win at No. 1 singles (2-6, 6-4, 11-9), but the other three women won in straight sets.

Janelle Hess was also perfect with her 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles.

Grace will travel to Huntington, Ind., to take on the Foresters on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Doubles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen/Andrea Redhair won 8-3
2. Kelli Hamstra/Kristin Cassidy won 8-2
3. Nicole Beguin/Esther Smith lost 5-8
Singles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen won 2-6, 6-4 (11-9)
2. Andrea Redhair won 6-2, 6-4
3. Kristin Cassidy won 6-0, 6-2
4. Kelli Hamstra won 6-1, 6-0
5. Nicole Beguin won 6-0, 6-7 (11-9)
6. Janelle Hess won 6-4, 6-0


Lady Lancers compete at ITA Tournament

9/17/11

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grace's women's tennis team sent four singles players and two doubles teams to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Tournament at Aquinas College.

Freshman Kristin Cassidy had the strongest showing of the women. She lost in the first round which put herself into the back draw. She responded with winning her next two matches to secure a spot in the semifinals in the last day of competition, where she fell in a third-set tiebreak.

Andrea Redhair and Nicole Beguin both lost in tough third-set tiebreaks in the singles bracket. Redhair fell 6-7, 6-1 (6-10) while Beguin's scoreline was 5-7, 7-5, (11-9).

Redhair and Cassidy teamed up in doubles competition for an opening round victory over a pair from the University of Northwestern Ohio before bowing out in the second round. Beguin and Esther Smith played together in doubles as well but could not yield a victory.

"Overall, this was a really great experience for the ladies," said head coach Vicki Sasso. "We got the chance to play some quality competition which will only help us during the conference schedule."

Grace returns to action on Tuesday at home. The Lady Lancers will welcome Goshen for a 4 p.m. start at Miller Field.


Jergensen strong in Lady Lancer loss

9/13/11

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jenessa Jergensen was responsible for Grace’s two points in the women’s tennis team’s 7-2 loss to Marian University on Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers (2-4; 2-3 MCC) won at No. 1 singles courtesy of Jergensen by the score of 6-3, 6-4, but Grace fell at the other five singles spots to the Knights (7-0; 4-0 MCC).

Andrea Redhair combined with Jergensen at No. 1 doubles to win the Lady Lancers’ other point with an 8-3 victory.

Kristin Cassidy battled hard at No. 3 singles after dropping the first set. She took the second set to a tiebreaker only to lose 7-6 (7-4).

"Our team just started off a little slowly and could never quite get it together," said head coach Vicki Sasso. "Having said this, Marian has a very deep, experienced team. It was a tough loss, but we are looking forward to bouncing back at the ITA in Grand Rapids later this week."

Grace will be represented at the ITA Tournament this weekend from Sept. 15-17.

Doubles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen/Andrea Redhair won 8-3
2. Kelli Hamstra/Kristin Cassidy lost 0-8
3. Nicole Beguin/Esther Smith lost 2-8
Singles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen won 6-3, 6-4
2. Andrea Redhair lost 2-6, 1-6
3. Kristin Cassidy lost 0-6, 6-7 (7-4)
4. Kelli Hamstra lost 2-6, 0-6
5. Nicole Beguin lost 1-6, 0-6
6. Esther Smith lost 0-6, 0-6


Taylor tops Grace women's tennis

9/10/11

MUNCIE, Ind. – Nicole Beguin and Esther Smith earned the only win for Grace's women's tennis team against Taylor University on Saturday.

The match, which was played indoors at the Muncie YMCA, was swept in singles play by the Trojans (4-1; 4-0 MCC).

The duo of Beguin and Smith at No. 3 doubles proved to be the lone point for the Lady Lancers (2-3; 2-2 MCC) with an 8-5 victory.

Jenessa Jergensen played an intense match at No. 1 singles. She lost the first set narrowly 6-7 (0-7) after rolling an ankle at the end of the set, then fought through a 1-6 loss in the second set.

"Nicole and Esther have been practicing hard and playing well together, and it paid off today," said head coach Vicki Sasso. "Jenessa [Jergensen] played the match of her life with more intensity than I have seen so far this year. I'm proud of her effort and the fact that she was able to finish the match despite the fall."

The Lady Lancers return to action at Marian University on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Doubles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen/Andrea Redhair lost 5-8
2. Kelli Hamstra/Kristin Cassidy lost 6-8
3. Nicole Beguin/Esther Smith won 8-5
Singles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen lost 6-7 (0-7), 1-6
2. Andrea Redhair lost 3-6, 4-6
3. Kristin Cassidy lost 0-6, 4-6
4. Kelli Hamstra lost 2-6, 1-6
5. Nicole Beguin lost 2-6, 4-6
6. Esther Smith lost 7-6, 2-6, 1-6


Wildcats too much for Lady Lancers

9/6/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s tennis team could not keep pace with Indiana Wesleyan, falling 9-0 for their first loss in conference play this year.

Jenessa Jergensen and Andrea Redhair at No. 1 doubles and Kristin Cassidy and Kelli Hamstra at No. 2 doubles fought hard but ultimately slipped 8-4 in doubles play.

In singles competition, Redhair proved to be the closest competitor with a scoreline of 4-6, 2-6 at No. 2 singles for the Lady Lancers (2-2; 2-1 MCC).

“We had a very tough match today against a very good team,” said head coach Vicki Sasso. “I’m proud of the way our girls played, and we look forward to bouncing back this week.”

The Lady Lancers resume play in the Mid-Central College Conference with a match at Taylor University on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Doubles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen/Andrea Redhair lost 4-8
2. Kelli Hamstra/Kristin Cassidy lost 4-8
3. Nicole Beguin/Esther Smith lost 2-8
Singles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen lost 4-6, 1-6
2. Andrea Redhair lost 4-6, 2-6
3. Kristin Cassidy lost 4-6, 1-6
4. Kelli Hamstra lost 1-6, 1-6
5. Nicole Beguin lost 1-6, 1-6
6. Esther Smith lost 0-6, 0-6


Grace eases past Spring Arbor

9/3/11

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The Grace women's tennis team moved to 2-0 in Mid-Central College Conference play with a 7-2 victory over Spring Arbor University on Saturday.

All three doubles pairs won for the Lady Lancers (2-1; 2-0 MCC) to set the tone for the match - led by an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles for Jenessa Jergensen and Andrea Redhair.

Redhair continued her strong play with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 2 singles, and Kelli Hamstra played a nearly flawless match at No. 4 singles, winning 6-0, 6-2.

The Cougars (0-2; 0-2 MCC) made play difficult at No. 3 singles for freshman Kristin Cassidy and at No. 5 singles for Nicole Beguin; however, Cassidy pulled through with a scoreline of 7-6 (10-8), 6-3 and Beguin edged her opponent in three sets 7-5, 6-7, (10-3).

"The girls are really settling into their roles nicely this year," said head coach Vicki Sasso. "We are playing well in conference play, and we are ready for a tough match next with IWU."

The Lady Lancers take on Indiana Wesleyan at Miller Field on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Doubles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen/Andrea Redhair won 8-3
2. Kelli Hamstra/Kristin Cassidy won 8-5
3. Nicole Beguin/Esther Smith won 8-2
Singles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen lost 6-4, 0-6, (6-10)
2. Andrea Redhair won 6-2, 6-1
3. Kristin Cassidy won 7-6 (10-8), 6-3
4. Kelli Hamstra won 6-0, 6-2
5. Nicole Beguin won 7-5, 6-7, (10-3)
6. Janelle Hess lost 2-6, 0-6


Northwestern Ohio tops Lady Lancers

9/1/11

LIMA, Ohio – Grace's women's tennis team lost to the University of Northwestern Ohio 8-1 on Thursday.

Andrea Redhair earned the only point for the Lady Lancers (1-1) with a thrilling three-set tiebreaker 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 while playing at No. 2 singles.

Kelli Hamstra lost a pair of narrow matches -- one at No. 2 doubles with Kristin Cassidy (8-5) and one at No. 4 singles (7-5, 6-4).

Jenessa Jergensen also slipped 6-4 in her first set at No. 1 singles before falling 6-2 in the deciding set.

"The ladies played hard, especially Andrea [Redhair] and Kelli [Hamstra]," said head coach Vicki Sasso. "It was a well-fought match in hot temperatures, and we are looking ahead to Spring Arbor on Saturday."

Grace travels to Spring Arbor, Mich., to take on the Cougars. Match time is set for 2 p.m.

Doubles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen/Andrea Redhair lost 2-8
2. Kelli Hamstra/Kristin Cassidy lost 5-8
3. Nicole Beguin/Esther Smith lost 2-8
Singles Competition
1. Jenessa Jergensen lost 4-6, 2-6
2. Andrea Redhair won 4-6, 6-4, 10-7
3. Kristin Cassidy lost 3-6, 0-6
4. Kelli Hamstra lost 5-7, 4-6
5. Nicole Beguin lost 1-6, 3-6
6. Janelle Hess lost 0-6, 1-6


Lady Lancers battle for 6-3 victory

8/30/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s tennis team earned a hard-fought victory in their Mid-Central College Conference debut with a 6-3 win over the University of Saint Francis on Tuesday.

The 2011 season opener proved to be anything but easy for the Lady Lancers (1-0; 1-0 MCC) and first-year head coach Vicki Sasso, especially in doubles competition.

Jenessa Jergensen and Andrea Redhair narrowly won 9-7 at No. 1 doubles, and Kelli Hamstra and Nicole Beguin battled to an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles. Grace came out at the wrong end of the fight in a tough 9-7 loss at No. 3 doubles for Esther Smith and Janelle Hess.

In singles competition, Hess stepped up with a clutch 6-2, 7-6 (7-0) win at No. 6 singles. Redhair, Hamstra and Beguin also posted two-set wins for the Lady Lancers in singles play.

“Our ladies played a great match to open our season tonight,” Sasso said. “Their demeanor on the court was fantastic, and I was very proud of the way each of them played. This is a wonderful, cohesive group of girls.”

The Lady Lancers resume conference play on Saturday with a match at Spring Arbor University.

Doubles Competition

1. Jenessa Jergensen/Andrea Redhair won 9-7

2. Kelli Hamstra/Nicole Beguin won 8-4

3. Esther Smith/Janelle Hess lost 7-9

Singles  Competition

1. Jenessa Jergensen lost 6-1, 3-6, 2-6

2. Andrea Redhair won 6-2, 6-3

3. Kelli Hamstra won 6-4, 6-0

4. Nicole Beguin won 6-2, 6-4

5. Esther Smith lost 1-6, 0-6

6. Janelle Hess won 6-2, 7-6 (7-0)


Seniors look to step up for women's tennis

8/23/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – One year ago, the Grace College women’s tennis team recovered from a sluggish start to finish 8-5 and earn their fifth straight winning season. The Lady Lancers won six straight matches, including a convincing 7-2 upset over the fourth-seeded Bethel College in the conference tournament.

This year, however, the Lady Lancers must recover from the loss of its most decorated class in the program’s history.

Despite having to replace the top three players in the record books in terms of total wins, the Lady Lancers are far from starting over this fall.

Graduated seniors Jessica Stolle, Alisha Anthony and Meghan Redhair accounted for 225 wins from 2007-10, but current seniors Jenessa Jergensen, Kelli Hamstra and Andrea Redhair are more than ready to take the reins.

Jergensen starred at No. 2 singles (10-2) and No. 1 doubles (8-4) for Grace a year ago. While the Lady Lancers struggled to a 2-4 record to start the 2010 season, Jergensen helped lead the turnaround with 10 straight singles wins, earning All-Conference honors in the process. She currently sits third all-time in singles wins and fourth in doubles wins.

“It’s going to be very tough to fill in for [last year’s seniors], but our expectation is to continue to have a winning season,” Jergensen said. “The seniors and I will strive to demonstrate hard work and leadership and to help build strong friendships and unity between the girls that will continue for years to come.”

Her partner at No. 1 doubles is Andrea Redhair, who had a career year in both singles and doubles play. The Lady Lancers will count on her and on improved play from Hamstra to make a charge up the MCC standings.

Hamstra, who finished last season 7-6 at No. 6 singles, will hope to regain the form that earned her 25 singles wins during her first two seasons.

Also returning for Grace is Nicole Beguin, who earned a solid 7-4 record at No. 3 doubles in 2010.

The four returners will count on major contributions from Grace’s incoming freshmen. Two of the newest Lady Lancers are teammates from Mishawaka High School (Ashlee Roseboom, Lindsey Herron). The other is Kristin Cassidy, a standout from Gas City, Ind. Cassidy has been the No. 1 singles player for Mississinewa High School the last four years.

“We may not have the best tennis skills in the conference, but all the girls are very head smart and strategic during matches, which makes us come out ahead,” Jergensen continued. “We will be competitive this year and hope to really enjoy the sport and the talent God has given us.”

The Lady Lancers open the season on Aug. 30 with a conference match at home against the University of Saint Francis at 4 pm.