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ISSUE 120 VOL 16 PUBLISHED 3/23/2007

Spring Preview, Women's Tennis: A blend of youth, maturity

By Matt Tiano
Sports Editor

Friday, March 23, 2007

The St. Olaf women'’s tennis team returns all but one athlete to exemplify a group bundled with experience.

Emily Eggert '06 was the lone senior on last year’'s squad, which finished fifth in the MIAC. Occupying the no. 1 singles and doubles spot thus far has been Kristina Poplavska '‘09, who fared well a season ago with a 6-7 record in second singles play. Captain Jorie Steffen ‘'07 will contribute at no. 2 singles. The depth of the Ole lineup thus far has been noticeable and has been the driving force behind a 3-2 overall 2007 record.

Ellen Goerss ‘'07 currently occupies the third singles spot, followed by Diana Baetscher '‘09, Sarah Carlson '‘10 and Aimee Ny ‘'10 at fourth, fifth and sixth singles, respectively.

In doubles action, Steffen and Poplavska will play the top spot, Goerss and Baetscher will follow and Carlson and Ny will round out a deep doubles lineup. Carlson and Ny are unbeaten (5-0) on the young season.

St. Olaf has fared well in 2007 in a traditionally very tough MIAC and boasts a win over Iowa power Luther. The Oles’' resume includes wins over Macalester, Luther and Concordia as well as close defeats to St. Ben'’s (6-3) and St. Kate’'s (5-4).

Head coach Scott Nesbit begins his 17th season leading the Ole troops. Assisting Nesbit will be Kristi Carlson Stets, a St. Olaf tennis alum, now in her sixth year. Tory Borovsky, a former NCAA Division-I player, begins her second season as a coach.

With the conclusion of their indoor season, the Oles look forward to a spring break trip to Tampa, Fla., where they will face five teams in five days in preparation for the outdoor season. The MIAC outdoor opener is April 2 at home versus Carleton.

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