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ISSUE 121 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 3/21/2008

Women's tennis serves win

By Barrett Kennedy
Sports Editor

Friday, March 21, 2008

The St. Olaf women's tennis team improved its MIAC conference record to 2 -- 2 after dominating the Concordia Cobbers early Sunday morning to end the indoor season. The women swept doubles play, an area the women struggled in a week ago, and five-of-six singles matches to trounce Concordia 8 -- 1.

Abigail Ho '11 and Sarah Carlson '10 each won their third consecutive singles matches to lead the Oles. Ho defeated her opponent at first singles in back-to-back 6 -- 2 sets while Carlson won 6 -- 2, 6 -- 3 playing in the fifth spot.

Ho has been the Oles' most consistent singles player, amassing a 4 -- 1 individual record so far this season. Carlson, on the other hand, has rebounded nicely after losing her first two singles matches to push her singles record to 3 -- 2.

Ellen Goerss '09 and Anna Klenke '11 both played solid matches, dropping just four and five games respectively on the way to their two-set victories. Aimee Ny '10 rounded out St. Olaf's singles matches after topping her opponent 6 -- 4, 6 -- 3 playing at fourth singles.

The women nearly swept all nine team points from the Cobbers on Sunday. Kristina Poplavska '09 battled through two close sets, but found herself just short of the victory. She lost 7 -- 5 in a hard-fought first set, and then fell 7 -- 6 in the second set after a tight tiebreaker.

The women's doubles play rebounded against the last-place Cobbers as the pairings got St. Olaf off to a quick 3 -- 0 lead. Poplavska and Goerss made quick work of the Cobbers' first doubles team, winning 8 -- 0 and pacing the Oles' solid morning of play.

Ny and Carlson found themselves in an evenly contested match, but came out on the victorious side of a 7 -- 2 tiebreaker score. Klenke and Ho paired to form the Oles' third doubles team and surrendered only three games as they ensured the Oles' 3 -- 0 lead heading into singles play.

Sunday's win wrapped up the women's indoor season and found the team in a tie for sixth place in the MIAC. A season ago, the women produced the same 2 -- 2 MIAC record before heading outdoors for the second half of the season.

The team, which traveled to Florida during last year's spring break, now finds itself amid a nearly three-week layoff from match play.

The Oles' next competition is April 4 when they will meet the UW-LaCrosse team in Rochester for a 7 p.m. match up. The team's next MIAC dual is April 9 when they travel to Hamline.

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