Alverno Ties School Wins Record In Fall Finale

Alverno Ties School Wins Record In Fall Finale

FOREST PARK, Illinois -- The Alverno College tennis team won a pair of Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference road duals to tie the school wins record at 11 and close out the fall portion of the season Saturday in northern Illinois.

The Inferno began the day with an 8-1 win at Aurora University this morning and closed it out with an 8-1 victory at Dominican University this afternoon. The Saturday wins extend Alverno's current winning streak to a school-record six consecutive.

"I'm incredibly proud of the team today," said Alverno Head Coach Erin Felber. "We ended the fall season on a high note with two big conference victories as everyone played their hearts out."

Versus the Spartans (4-7, 4-5 NACC), the Inferno collected doubles wins at No. 1 and 2 as Asia Butler-Yeo and Brooke McBain downed their opponents, 8-5, and Michelle Alexander and Laeren Yates cruised to an 8-1 win for the 2-1 team lead.

Then it was all Alverno in singles play with wins at all six matches. Butler-Yeo won No. 1, 6-0, 6-1, McBain No. 2, 6-2, 3-6, 10-3, and Alexander No. 3, 6-2, 6-4. Yates took No. 4, 6-1, 6-1, Lia Hutchins battled back for a 4-6, 6-4, 11-9 victory at No. 5, and Makayla Butler won No. 6, 7-6, 6-1.

The match against the Stars (3-9, 2-6) went the same with wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles followed by a singles sweep.

Butler-Yeo and McBain rolled at No. 1 doubles, 8-0, while Alexander and Yates earned an 8-3 win at No. 2.

In singles play Butler-Yeo was victorious at No. 1, 6-1, 6-0, McBain at No. 6-4, 6-0, and Alexander at No. 3, 6-1, 3-6, 10-7. Yates won 7-6 (4), 6-3 at No. 4, Hutchins 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5 and Libby Kent breezed to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 in her final collegiate match, as she will graduate in December.

"A special thank you goes out to Libby on her four amazing years of tennis," said Felber. "Her hard work and dedication to the program is truly appreciated and she will be missed."

Kent earned a combined 42 wins in her career and was 7-4 in singles and 4-3 in doubles play this season. Her 21 singles victories are tied for third most in school history while her 21 doubles wins are also third all-time.

The Inferno's 7-2 record in the NACC earns the No. 3 seed in the 2017 NACC Women's Tennis Tournament and the right to host a first-round contest. The seven league wins also surpassed the previous school record for conference victories set last season.

Alverno (11-6 overall) will host No. 6 Milwaukee School of Engineering in the first-round dual this May. The full spring portion of the schedule will be released this winter.