Tennis - Tue, Oct. 4, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Seminole State Tennis teams let their presence be known over the weekend at the USTA/ITA Junior College Men and Women's Central Regional Championships in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. The tournament was hosted by Seminole State College.
 
Admire Mushonga and Oliver Anderson
Chloe Murphy
                               

In men's singles, three players made it all the way to the quarterfinals: Admire Mushonga, Oliver Andersen, and Edgar Vitkovski. Andersen and Mushonga continued their winning into the semi-finals, where they both won their respective matches and met in the Championship.  Mushonga would defeat teammate Oliver Andersen 6-4, 4-6, and 6-3 to win the USTA/ITA Central Region Singles crown. "Oliver and Admire had a great tournament. Oliver really got a huge win in the semis over Cowley County Community College's #1 player, Zac Evenden, who beat Oliver only two weeks earlier at the OKC Collegiate Open. "It was really nice to see two Seminole State men playing each other for the Singles Championship," said SSC Head Coach Brian Nelson.

In doubles action, the Trojans entered two teams into the field of eight. Edgar Vitkovski & Evgeniy Kim went down in the first round to Seward CC in a close one 6-4 and 6-3.  The story was different though for the other Seminole State duo, as #1 seed Oliver Andersen and Admire Mushonga made it all the way to the Championship and took the title over Cowley County by a score of 7-5 and 6-4.

In women's singles, two out of four SSC ladies were able to win their round of sixteen matches, sending them into the quarterfinals. Those ladies are freshmen Taylor Spradlin from Duncan, Oklahoma and Chloe Murphy from Liverpool, England. Spradlin would go down in the quarterfinals to Johnson County's Shannon Beckett, but Murphy could not be held down and made it all the way to the Championship match.  In that final match, Murphy battled and fought her way to a third set, where she ended up winning it and the women's singles trophy by a score of 6-4, 5-7, and 6-3 over Cowley County's Diana Davitia. "I saw something new out of Chloe this weekend. Her final match was really the first time all semester that she had been down in a match and had been pushed. She was down 2-0 in the third set in the finals, and fought back to win that game and the set 6-3. I'm very proud of her and the way she came back. She is one of the toughest ladies I've ever coached, and she will go far. She is currently 10-0 in singles for the fall season," said Nelson.

In doubles action, both teams representing SSC won their first round quarterfinal match, sending them to the semi-finals. The pairs were Trevine Sellier and Ashley Coleman, and Taylor Spradlin and Chloe Murphy.  In the semi-finals, Coleman/Sellier fell to the #1 seed Biro/Davitaia from Cowley but the duo of Spradlin/Murphy would not have the same result. They won their semi-final match sending them to the Championship.

In the Championship, the SSC ladies came out hot and took the first set 6-4. They ran out of steam and dropped the next two sets 6-2 and 6-0, to lose the Championship to Cowley County. Spradlin and Murphy may have a chance at getting into the Small College Nationals, as there is a wild card available. "I hated to see Chloe and Taylor lose this one. They came out playing really well in the beginning, taking the first set. The Cowley girls had more experience and didn't' get rattled. They are both sophomores and a top doubles team in the nation in NJCAA last year. "It's good that we were right there with them, and can learn from this and try to get them next time," said Nelson.

Now, Oliver Andersen, Admire Mushonga, and Chloe Murphy will travel to Mobile, Alabama on October 13-17 for the ITA Small College National Championships. It is still possible that Oliver Andersen may receive a wild card into the singles draw, as there are two available. "I'm looking forward to getting back to Mobile for my fifth straight year as a coach since I arrived at SSC. The Small College Nationals is one of my favorite tournaments of all time. I've got many memories from there. So far we've won two individual National Championships, and with taking a men's singles entrant, men's doubles entrant, and a women's singles entrant we have a chance at getting another one of those titles again this year," said Coach Nelson.