Phoebe Boeschen returns the ball

Junior Phoebe Boeschen returns the ball. Missouri State women's tennis won the Missouri Valley Conference championship game against UNI, 4-2 on April 29.

The Missouri State women’s tennis team was one of six teams to compete in the UCA Fall Invitational Sept. 20-21 in Conway, Arkansas. The Bears competed in their first tournament with five returners and five newcomers.

“For our first fall tournament, I’m very happy with what I saw,” head coach Mallory Weber said. “It was great to see my returners pick up where they left off last season, as well as getting to see the freshmen in action for the first time.”

The Bears won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship last spring, which was the first championship the tennis team has won since 2002. The Bears competed in two rounds of doubles on Sept. 20, with junior Alexia Meyer and senior Phoebe Boeschen winning Flight C against Southeastern Louisiana and Oral Roberts to advance to the finals.

“Alexia Meyer and Phoebe Boeschen had a great run to get to the championship match of the doubles bracket,” Weber said.

Weber believed junior Alye Darter and freshman Mara Presot had a successful weekend since both made it to the semifinals.

“It was also great to see Alye Darter and freshman Mara Presot make the semifinals of their singles brackets,” Weber said.

Senior Fati Khamissi beat Oral Roberts senior Ceijana Cornelius in the consolation semi final. She was then scheduled to play for 5th place in doubles against Southeast Louisiana, but the match was abandoned due to rain and they tied 2-2. 

“Every player saw some success in both singles and doubles,” Weber said. “It allowed me to see where we need to work to get ready for the (Missouri Valley Conference) Individual Championships in two weeks.”

The tournament was scheduled to continue through Sept. 22 but was canceled due to projected rain.

The Bears will be playing next at their hosting of the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championship on their home court, Friday, Oct. 5-Sunday, Oct. 7.

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