KANSAS CITY — The William Woods men's and women's tennis teams won team titles Saturday in the American Midwest/Heart of America/Unaffiliated conference tournament at Plaza Tennis Center.
Neither team dropped a point in the team scores, as the men won 4-0 against the John Brown (Ark.) Golden Eagles in the semifinals and the women won 4-0 against the Grand View (Iowa) Vikings in the semifinals.
In the championship matches, both William Woods teams won 4-0 against the Missouri Valley Vikings.
The William Woods women did not drop a set against Grand View, as Mireia Jordan and Rukshika Wijesooriya won 6-1 at No. 2 doubles. Zlata Shuraeva and Ana Zavala were winning 5-1 at No. 1 doubles, while Hannah Meyer and Ariadna Jordan won by forfeit at No. 3.
In singles, Wijesooriya won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 and Mireia Jordan won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4. Meyer won by forfeit at No. 6 to clinch the match for the Owls.
When the dual was stopped, Shuraeva was leading 6-0, 3-1 at No. 1, Zavala was leading 6-2, 1-2 at No. 2 and Ariadna Jordan was ahead 6-0, 5-2 at No. 5.
In the men's semifinal match against John Brown, Ben Grumley and Patrick Shelepov won 6-1 at No. 1 doubles and Jack Campbell and Vitek Subert won 6-1 at No. 3. Robert Schorr and Aaron Westerlund were leading 5-2 at No. 2 when the Owls clinched the doubles point in the dual.
Winning in singles for William Woods were Subert (6-3, 6-0) at No. 3, Nathan Cooke (6-0, 6-0) at No. 5 and Campbell (6-0, 6-1) at No. 6. When the dual was clinched, Shelepov was leading 6-4, 1-0 at No. 1, Westerlund was ahead 7-5, 2-0 at No. 2 and Schorr was leading 6-1, 5-1 at No. 4.
Both William Woods teams continued to cruise in the conference tournament finals.
On the men's side, Shelepov/Cooke and Campbell/Subert both won 6-3 in doubles. Westerlund and Schorr were leading 5-4 when the Owls clinched the doubles point.
In singles, Westerlund won 6-3, 6-1, Subert won 6-4, 6-3 and Schorr won 6-0, 6-1 to clinch the conference championship for William Woods. Shelepov was leading 6-3, 3-4, Mladen Novovic was leading 6-1, 4-1 and Cooke was ahead 6-3, 5-2.
In the women's championship dual, Shuraeva and Zavala won 6-0 in doubles, while Ariadna Jordan and Meyer won by forfeit to earn the doubles point. Mireia Jordan and Wijesooriya were trailing 2-3 when the point was clinched.
Zavala won in singles by her opponent retiring and Meyer won by forfeit, leaving the Owls just one singles win from taking the conference title. Mireia Jordan secured that with a 6-0, 6-0 win.
There were no results from the remaining three singles matches.
William Woods swept the top conference honors, as Shuraeva was named the women's player of the year and Shelepov was selected as the men's player of the year for the Owls.
For the women, Shuraeva and Zavala earned all-conference first-team honors in singles play, while Wijesooriya, Marta Calvo Larraz, Mireia Jordan and Ariadna Jordan made the second team.
The doubles pairings of Shuraeva/Zavala and Mireia Jordan/Meyer were all-conference first team and Calvo Larraz/Wijesooriya were second team.
For the men, Grumley and Shelepov made all-conference first team in singles and Westerlund, Subert, Schorr and Novovic were honored on the second team.
In doubles, Grumley/Shelepov received all-conference first-team honors and Westerlund/Schorr and Campbell/Subert made the second team.
The wins improve the William Woods women, ranked No. 11 in the NAIA, to a 14-5 record, while No. 22 William Woods men are now 16-3.
Both William Woods tennis teams qualify for the NAIA Tennis National Championships, which will begin Tuesday, May 18, at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.