Lady Saints Notch Best Nationals Finish in History with 5th Place Showing
Joe Denoyer - May 11, 2017 4:32 pm
The Seward County Lady Saints finished up their best season in school history on Wednesday, wrapping up a 5th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament, making it back to back school records after finishing 7th a year ago.
Unfortunately, Wednesday didn’t start as planned for the Lady Saints as Thalita Rodrigues dropped her semifinal match 6-3, 6-0 to 3rd ranked Ceire Mullins of Hillsborough to end her Seward career with a 3rd place finish in the tournament’s top draw.
Sarah Manseri suffered the same fate in eerily the same fashion in the #2 bracket, falling 6-3, 6-0 to Emily Chang of ASA to net her a 3rd place finish during her rookie year.
One half of the semifinal in the #4 singles draw pitted Seward’s Steffany Bermudez up against Broward’s Bianca Vitale in a key matchup in the tournament standings.
Seward’s lone win of the day came in the #6 backdraw where Fernanda Santana blanked Kelsea Baksh of North Central Texas 8-0 to claim the consolation bracket championship.
The last Lady Saints doubles remaining on day four was Manseri and Bermudez at #2.
Seward finishes the tournament with 30 points, clinching a 5th place finish with one day to go.