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ISSUE 120 VOL 17 PUBLISHED 4/13/2007

Women ready for MIAC stretch run

By Matt Tiano
Sports Editor

Friday, April 13, 2007

It is spring. April. Typically, spring triggers thoughts of beautiful Saturday afternoons and, potentially, thoughts of St. Olaf'’s Carlson courts in full bloom with the Ole women'’s tennis team doing battle.

Do yourself a favor and postpone those thoughts until, oh, let’'s say, June.

Just ask the women, fresh off a 2-3 spring break trip in Tampa, Fla. Upon their return to Minnesota, the team was administered a sharp dose of reality, one so jarring that the fate of their season is now up in the air. Due to a weather forecast more in tune with Siberia than April, the women'’s tennis team has had their schedule turned upside down.

The women have been luckier than some Ole athletic teams in terms of weather-related cancelations. So far, only one match has been called prematurely due to weather concerns (a 7-0 loss to Carleton April 2). Although the Oles'’ match schedule has not suffered much yet, their preparation and practice time has. Unlike other sports, tennis demands consistency in the type of surface played on. Tostrud’'s indoor surface differs significantly from the outdoor courts in the MIAC, and because the Oles cannot set foot on the currently snow-covered Carlson courts, this is a significant disadvantage. Despite this, the Oles appear poised to contend in the top half of the MIAC standings this year. Their spring break record in Tampa is impressive, especially given the traditionally strong nature of Southern competition.

Krista Germeroth ‘'07 was 4-0 on the trip (3-0 in singles play). Germeroth did not receive any playing time before the trip, but was ready when called upon at the no. 6 singles and no. 3 doubles spots.

Weather permitting, the Oles will draw Hamline Thursday at home and travel to Bethel on Saturday.

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