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ISSUE 121 VOL 14 PUBLISHED 3/14/2008

Women's tennis falls, Ho continues strong play in singles

By Barrett Kennedy
Sports Editor

Friday, March 14, 2008

Abigail Ho '11 won her match at first singles against a St. Benedict's opponent who was an All-MIAC selection a season ago, but the St. Olaf women's team fell 7-2 in the conference dual match.

Ho, who won matching 6-2 sets, has now won consecutive matches playing in the Oles' first singles spot. In the two wins, Ho has won 24 games while dropping just seven. She currently has a 3-1 record in singles play this season.

Sarah Carlson '10 has also won back-to-back matches in singles play for the Oles. Carlson rallied back from a 6-4 loss in the first set to win the second set 6-2. She secured St. Olaf's second and final team point Friday by winning a convincing tiebreaker 10-2.

However, the women suffered from lackluster doubles play and found themselves down 3-0 after being swept.

Kristina Poplavska '09 and Ellen Goerss '09 struggled against St. Benedict's top doubles pairing, which featured two of the Bennies' senior leaders, and fell 8-1 in the opening match.

Aimee Ny '10 and Carlson formed the second St. Olaf pairing, but found similar results as they lost 8-4. The first-year combination of Anna Klenke and Ho fell in the third and final doubles match eight games to six, ensuring the Bennies' sweep heading into singles play.

Aside from Ho's and Carlson's wins, the Oles struggled in their matches on the singles courts. Poplavska played in the second singles spot and lost two sets with scores of 6-4 and 6-2.

Goerss played a tough opening set in third singles, but fell 7-6 and could not rebound. She lost her second set 6-2 which clinched the match for St. Benedict.

Ida Holdahl '11 suffered a similar outcome playing in the sixth singles position. She lost her opening set 7-6, and her second-set rally fell short as she lost 6-4.

Friday's conference loss places the Oles seventh in the MIAC standings with a 1-2 record. St. Benedict's, which improved to 4-1 overall this season with the win, is trying to match last season's 8-2 MIAC record.

The women look to rebound on the court this weekend as they travel to Moorhead, Minn. for a Sunday morning MIAC matchup with the Concordia Cobbers.

The final indoor match of the season is set to start at 8 a.m.

Last season, the Oles defeated the Cobbers 6-3 on the Carlson Courts, and had a 3-2 record heading into spring break.

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