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ISSUE 121 VOL 13 PUBLISHED 3/7/2008

Tennis recovers

By Barrett Kennedy
Sports Editor

Friday, March 7, 2008

What a difference a week makes. After getting drubbed 8-1 last weekend, the St. Olaf women's tennis team served up the exact opposite result, trouncing Carleton in an 8-1 victory.

All three women's doubles pairings played confident tennis and propelled the Oles to a 3-0 lead. At first doubles, Sarah Carlson '10 and Aimee Ny '10 strung together a strong 8-5 victory.

Abigail Ho '11 and Anna Klenke '11 defeated their Carleton opponent in similar fashion, winning the match 8-5. In the third doubles match, Ellen Goerss '09 and Stephanie Randall '11 completed the doubles sweep with an 8-4 victory.

The Oles carried the momentum from their doubles success into the singles lineup, scoring victories in five-of-six matches. Ho, playing in the Oles' first singles spot, orchestrated a convincing performance and defeated Carleton's top singles player 6-0, 6-3. Maddy Buck '11, playing in the Oles' fifth singles spot, battled back from a first-set 6-3 loss to win the second set 7-6. Buck and her opponent played a total of 18 points in the ensuing tiebreaker, with Buck coming out on top 10-8.

Ida Holdahl '11 put together another dominating performance for St. Olaf in the sixth singles spot. She dropped just two games in the two-set match, winning 6-0, 6-2.

Ny and Carlson also picked up victories for the Oles against their cross-town rivals. Ny won 6-2, 6-4 in the third singles spot while Carlson won her match 7-5, 6-3 in fourth singles.

Carleton's lone point of the day came from the number two singles match. Goerss faced off against Carleton's unbeaten singles player and fell 6-2, 6-0.

Friday's 8-1 victory was a dramatic improvement compared to last year's meeting with, Carleton when the women fell 7-0 to the Knights.

Friday's victory marked the first collegiate win for many players on the young St. Olaf squad. Six first-years are members of the 10 player roster this season, accompanied by two sophomores and two juniors. The young team leveled its MIAC conference record at 1-1, and are currently 1-2 overall.

Coming into the spring season, Carleton College was ranked 15th in the central region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The women's next dual meet features conference foe St. Benedict and will be played at Owatonna's indoor facility. The first serve is set for 1 p.m.

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