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ISSUE 120 VOL 16 PUBLISHED 3/23/2007

Women 'cobble' victory

By Matt Tiano
Executive Editor

Friday, March 23, 2007

Saturday, the St. Olaf women’'s tennis team improved their overall record to 3-2 with a 6-3 conference win over Concordia in Owatonna, Minn.

The Oles bounced back from a tight 5-4 loss to St. Kate’'s last weekend, and concluded their indoor season in style just in time for warmer Florida climes.

St. Olaf was off to a promising start Saturday, claiming two of three doubles matches and providing momentum for the singles draw.

At second doubles, Diana Baetscher ‘'09 and Ellen Goerss '‘07 defeated Amy Freeman and Anna Matetich of Concordia in a tiebreaker, 9-8. The no. 3, duo of Sarah Carlson ‘'10 and Aimee Ny ‘'10 remained perfect (5-0). The Oles lost an 8-4 decision at no. 1, where Kristina Poplavska ‘'09 and Jorie Steffen '‘07 were defeated 8-4.

In singles play, Steffen avenged a first set loss to win the second and third set super-tiebreaker. Baetscher won at no. 4, Carlson at no. 5 and Ny at no. 6, all in straight sets.

Goerss was forced to default at no. 3 singles after an injury. The extent is unknown.

St. Olaf faced challenges from Concordia'’s opposition at no. 2 doubles, no. 2 singles and no. 4 singles and head coach Scott Nesbit was pleased that, in each of these tight matches, the Oles came out on top.

“"We had many close matches, and we were able to come out on top in each of these positions [no. 2 doubles, no. 2 singles, no. 4 singles],”" Nesbit said. “"These results continue to show the women'’s tennis team’s strengths as far as good focus, hard work and a never-give-up attitude."”

St. Olaf, now 3-2, has begun to prepare for its outdoor season which begins with five spring break matches in Tampa, Fla. beginning on March 26.

“"The slower outdoor game will be to our benefit, but we will need to get used to the new conditions,”" Nesbit said. “"We are excited about playing outside again and for all the fun times we will have together in Florida."”

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