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ISSUE 118 VOL 12 PUBLISHED 3/4/2005

Tennis routs Cardinals

By Joel Stjernholm
Sports Editor

Friday, March 4, 2005

Having apparently recovered from difficult matches against St. Cloud State and Gustavus, the St. Olaf women’s tennis team routed St. Mary’s 7-2, dropping only one doubles match and one singles match against the Cardinals in MIAC play on Feb. 26. The match marks St. Mary’s second conference loss, while elevating the Oles to a 1-1 conference record that includes a loss to national powerhouse Gustavus.

After winning three matches in their Feb. 18 match against Division II St. Cloud State, St. Olaf expected to beat St. Mary’s, though their margin of victory confirms their status as MIAC contenders.

The Oles played well in their 2004 season, accumulating an overall record of 17-8 while placing sixth in MIAC regular season standings. According to team members, a mix of tenacity and senior leadership should help them put pressure on MIAC foes.

“It’s great to have so many seniors on our roster because they know the other players and teams,” Krista Germeroth ’07 said. “They are really competitive.”

Though the team is currently focused on its next match against Hamline – a match the team is expected to win – players are already excited to meet St. Thomas the following weekend.

“It’s always fun to play St. Thomas,” Germeroth said. “We’re never expected to win, which makes our team all the more intense.”

Despite the Oles' strong start in conference play, Gustavus is the runaway favorite to win their 14th consecutive conference crown. The Gusties have already dispatched a pair of Division II squads this season.

The ladies next take the court at home against Hamline March 4 at 6 p.m.

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