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Women’s tennis bounces into NAIA national tournament, a first for EU

April 29, 2013 | Bryce Wilks

Evangel’s spring tennis season will extend to mid-May for the first time in history, as the women’s team prepares for its first NAIA National Championship Tournament appearance.

The national tournament is a single elimination format and is scheduled for May 14-18, 2013, in Mobile, Alabama.

Evangel defeated Graceland 5-0 on April 27, securing a team victory in the regional effort between three conferences (Heart of America, American Midwest, TranSouth) to determine an automatic qualifier for the national tournament.

Evangel, the No. 2 seed, defeated Stephens (MO), Missouri Valley and then Graceland en route to earning one of the 24 bids to Mobile.

Amy Grossklag wrapped up an outstanding year, going 14-0 in singles competition. The sophomore from Bonita Springs, Florida was ranked No. 6 in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll.

Grossklag also teamed up with freshman Ali Sivinski to form the conference’s most dynamic doubles team, finishing 13-1.

Head Coach Debbie De Almeida led the team to an 11-3 overall record in 2013, her eighth year at the helm.

2013 marks the 33rd year for the women’s tennis national tournament in the NAIA and there are 110 schools competing nationally.

Be sure to follow the team and check back here for updates about seeding and opponents as they attempt to advance in the tournament.

Evangel Tennis Team

Members of Evangel’s first national tournament qualifying tennis team include (from left): volunteer coach Ben Whitacre, head coach Debbie De Almeida, Ali Sivinski, Jenna Elliot, Kelly Bush, Amy Grossklag, Phine Mulumba, Kailey Roland, volunteer coach Larry Haugness

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