The Lee Lady Flames bowed out of tournament play on Wednesday, losing to powerful and No. 4-ranked Azusa Pacific, 5-0. “The final score does not indicate how hard our girls fought and just how dedicated this group has been all year,” said Cavett. “There were a lot of tears flowing after the match. I’m really proud of this team.”
Lee came out swinging against the 20-4 Azusa club. In the No. 1 doubles Kelsey Gray and Emily Orist dropped a heartbreaking 9-8 decision (4-0 in the tiebreaker). No. 2 doubles Anna Sandberg and Tarah Garner, and No. 3 doubles Sara Anic and Kassidy Sherlin also fought to the end, losing 8-4.
Before play was stopped with Azusa on top 5-0, Orist had pushed her opponent to a 5-6 tally in No. 4 singles play.
Cavett only loses a pair of seniors (Anic and Sherlin) from the 2011 squad that finished a rugged schedule at 10-6 and were ranked 13th nationally. “We’re adding a couple of players and should be stronger and with more depth next season,” said the Lee leader, “but I want everyone to remember just what a great group of ladies we had this season. I could not ask for any better.”
1. Sheryl Bon-Bakalov (APU) vs. Kelsey Gray (LU) 6-4,
2. Natalie McNall (APU) vs. Annie Sandberg (LU) 6-3, 1-
3. Emily Harris (APU) def. Sara Anic (LU) 6-1, 6-0
4. Kim Koetterheinrich (APU) vs. Emily Orist (LU) 6-5,
5. Leah Hoffee (APU) vs. Tarah Garner (LU) 6-2, 1-0,
6. Casey Wetzig (APU) def. Kassidy Sherlin (LU) 6-1, 6-
1. Sheryl Bon-Bakalov/Emily Harris (APU) def. Kelsey
Gray/Emily Orist (LU) 9-8 (4-0)
2. Leah Hoffee/Casey Wetzig (APU) def. Annie
Sandberg/Tarah Garner (LU) 8-4
3. Natalie McNall/Molly Ruby (APU) def. Sara Anic/
Kassidy Sherlin (LU) 8-4.