The Seminole State College Lady Trojan tennis team recently finished 9th overall at the 2010 NJCAA Women's National Championship in Tucson, AZ. This marks the program's highest finish ever, topping their 11th place finishes in 2008 and 2009.
Seminole native Jade Cunningham was the last player to finish, losing in the flight #6 singles Championship on Thursday to Tyler Junior College's Julie Bell by a score of 6-4, 6-1. Even though Cunningham lost, making it to the finals earned her NJCAA second team All-American. Other strong performances were by Joanna Torres and Natalia Khakimova who made it all the way to the semifinals at #2 doubles, losing to Lee College.
The Lady Trojans had come into the tournament ranked #13 in the nation by the International Tennis Association, and improved on that.
"I am so happy with the way our women performed this week. This tournament is always so tough mentally and physically. Matches start each day at 7:30 a.m. because of the heat in Tucson. Some days the temperature got up to 95 degrees which is nothing we have seen in Oklahoma since last summer. The ladies stayed strong and battled in each individual match, and not once did I see anyone give up. I'm glad to see we are moving in the right direction, having our program's first finalist in any flight, our first NJCAA All-American, and our highest finish since I've been here. I can't wait to see what the future hold for our women's program as we have signed many strong players for next year and hope to build upon this success," stated Head Coach Brian Nelson.