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ISSUE 118 VOL 18 PUBLISHED 4/29/2005

Ladies split pair

By Marjorie Thirlby
Sports Editor

Friday, April 29, 2005

In the past week, the St. Olaf women’s tennis team has experienced victory, defeat and faced inclement weather. On April 22, the Oles began their scheduled home match against Carleton, but with the teams tied 2-2, the remaining competition was postponed due to rain.

On Saturday, the women proceeded to play Macalester in St. Paul, where they trounced the Scots 8-1.

The Oles took all three doubles and all but one of their singles matches.

“What helped us most was our focus,” Emily Eggert ‘06 said. “We wanted to end the regular season on a positive note so we could enter the conference tournament with confidence.”

Number one singles player Beth Erie ‘05 took her match against Macalester’s Christy Hagstrum 6-3, 3-6 and 10-7. Number two Kristen Buchta ‘05 defeated Erin Case 6-3, 6-2 and number three contender Lauren Benson ’06 beat Anna Peschel 6-3, 6-2.

The Oles went three-for-three in doubles against the Scots. Erie and Buchta conquered Macalester’s Christina Hagstrum and Erin Case 9-7, Benson and Eggert beat May Lin Kessenich and Anna Peschel 8-3, while Jorie Steffen ‘07 and Sarah Pray ‘07 topped off Chelsea Stinson and Sayoko Nakamaru 8-2.

Unfortunately, the Oles could not register a victory against Carleton. The continued face-off against the Knights began on Monday, where the Oles fell short of a final win against their rivals, losing to Carleton 7-2.

The doubles competition was the Oles’ greatest strength, as the ladies took two of the three doubles matches, but none of the singles. Buchta and Erie won number one doubles against the Knights’ Eryn Koch and Sarah Russell 9-7 and Steffen and Carrie Wiersma ‘05 defeated Shelley Getzendanner and Lisa Ottum 8-5 in number three doubles.

The Oles lost their ground in the singles competition. Number one singles player Erie was defeated 6-1, 6-3, number two Buchta lost her match 6-4, 6-1 and number three Benson fell short 6-3, 6-4.

The Oles will enter the MIAC women’s tennis championship this weekend in St. Paul, hosted by St. Kate’s, beginning Friday at 9 a.m. The ladies currently hold sixth place in the MIAC with a 5-5 league record, 8-6 overall.

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