Tyler, Texas - Trinity University first-year players captured the USTA/ITA Division III Women's Southwest Regional Singles and Doubles titles Sunday afternoon in all Trinity match-ups.
Tiger newcomer Mackenzie Knoop (Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque Academy) won the singles crown with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over sophomore teammate Kylie Hornbeck (Kansas City, Mo./St. Teresa's Academy) at Summers Tennis Center.
Knoop later teamed with fellow first-year Stephanie Williamson (Katy, Texas/Taylor) to beat Tiger seniors Katie Griffith (Spokane, Wash./Ferris) and Kassie Seger (Boise, Idaho/Dallas Bishop Kelly) 6-1, 6-1.
Next up for Knoop and Williamson, who transferred from Lee College, will be the ITA National Small College Championships Oct. 13-16 at Mobile, Ala.
The singles semifinals also belonged to Trinity players earlier in the day. Knoop beat junior Thavindra Ekanayake (Columbo, Sri Lanka/Visakha Vidyalaya) 6-4, 6-2; and Hornbeck was a 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 winner over Griffith.
Trinity will host the USTA/ITA Division III Men's Southwest Regional Championships Friday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 2. The opening day will be held at San Antonio's McFarlin Tennis Center, and the remaining part of the tournament is set for Trinity's remodeled courts.