Friday, May 25, 2012

Schlessman nabs All-American status

Perkins graduate Amy Schlessman, a Kenyon College junior, represented the Ladies tennis team at the NCAA Division III individual championship. Schlessman was one of 32 players from throughout the country selected to participate in the singles tournament, and she advanced to the Sweet 16 before being knocked out. 
Playing at Cary Tennis Park, Schlessman handled Amy Friesenhahn from the University of Texas-Tyler in the opening round. Schlessman breezed through the first set, 6-0, and won the second set by a solid, 6-2, margin.

The win sent Schlessman on to the round of 16, where she squared off against Emory University's Gabrielle Clark, the No. 1-ranked player in the Atlantic South region. Schlessman tried to keep pace but ultimately fell by a 6-1, 6-1 final.

For Schlessman, it was her first appearance in the national singles bracket. She became the first Lady to win a match in the championship, and therefore qualify for All-America status, since Ashley Kriwinsky in 2006. She had a berth in the doubles championship under her belt, which came with Prita Kidder during the 2010 season, and also resulted in an All-America nod.

Schlessman concludes the campaign with a 14-10 record in singles play and owns a 48-25 mark for her career.

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