Crossroads News
Wed, May 17, 2017 - [Women's Tennis]


MOBILE, Ala. -- For the second year in a row the Indiana Wesleyan women's tennis team has reached the NAIA National Championship Quarterfinals. IWU trailed 4-2 and was forced to win the last three singles matches -- all in three sets -- to earn the come-from-behind 5-4 victory over No. 7 Xavier (La.) on Wednesday in Mobile.



  • NAIA National Championship - Second Round
  • Score:  Indiana Wesleyan def. Xavier (La.), 5-4
  • Records:  Indiana Wesleyan 37-8   |   Xavier (La.) 7-14  
  • Tournament Seed:  Indiana Wesleyan - No. 10   |   Xavier (La.) - No. 7
  • NAIA Ranking:  Indiana Wesleyan - No. 10   |   Xavier - No. 7
  • Location:   Copeland-Cox Tennis Center   |   Mobile, Alabama


  • No. 1:  Alex Mella/Lizzie Bauss (IWU) def. Charlene Goreau/Emma Kranendonk (XULA) 8-6
  • No. 2:  Brandi Nelson/Lacee Ancar (XULA) def. Olivia Reed/Ellen Hornett (IWU) 8-3
  • No. 3:  Rachel Bottorff/Mikayla Marazzi (IWU) def. Yi Chen Pao/Lyndsey Clark (XULA) 8-2


  • No. 1:  Charlene Goreau (XULA) def. Rachel Bottorff (IWU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
  • No. 2:  Alex Mella (IWU) def. Emma Kranendonk (XULA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
  • No. 3:  Brandi Nelson (XULA) def. Lizzie Bauss (IWU) 6-4, 6-2
  • No. 4:  Lacee Ancar (XULA) def. Marissa Klein (IWU) 6-4, 6-3
  • No. 5:  Olivia Reed (IWU) def. Yi Chen Pao (XULA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
  • No. 6:  Thewuni Devaraja (IWU) def. Lyndsey Clark (XULA) 6-7 (9-10), 6-4, 6-3

Extra! Extra!

  • Indiana Wesleyan advances to the national quarterfinals for only the second time in program history. The 2016 squad was the first to do so.
  • The Gold Nuggets defeated the Wildcats 5-4 on February 18 in Lawrenceburg, Georgia.
  • IWU improves to 14-17 all-time at the national championship.


  • "It was another five hour match with Xavier but this time we prevailed for a 5-4 win. All the matches were close and hard fought."
  • "No. 1-doubles was down 0-4 and 2-6 but won the last six games to win 8-6. Xavier came out strong in singles and won the first three matches to a take a 4-2 advantage. The three remaining matches were Alex Mella, Olivia Reed, and Tay Devaraja -- all three girls lost their first set. Alex started the comeback with a 6-4 win in the third set. Olivia was actually down 2-5 on the second set where she fought off two match points before winning five straight games to win the second set and then won the third set 6-3. It came down to Tay Devaraja at No. 6-singles. Tay lost a close first set 7-6 and 11-9 in the tiebreaker but she prevailed to win the next two sets."
  • "I am so proud of these girls. Who would have thought that two freshmen and a sophomore could come back in this type of heat and on this type of a stage when the pressure is on. Unbelievable!"


  • Indiana Wesleyan plays in the national quarterfinals for only the second time in program history. IWU plays No. 2-seed Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at 2 p.m. ET in Mobile, Alabama.