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ISSUE 121 VOL 16 PUBLISHED 4/11/2008

Women's tennis loses; Ho wins again in singles match

By Barrett Kennedy
Sports Editor


Friday, April 11, 2008

The St. Olaf women's tennis team returned from a nearly three-week layoff to open its outdoor season in a nonconference match versus University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Unfortunately, the women stumbled in the opener, losing 8-1 Friday morning in Rochester, Minn.

Abigail Ho '11 continued her recent dominance at first singles, winning her fourth consecutive singles match and securing the lone St. Olaf point of the day. Ho won the opening set 6-2 before breezing through the second set 6-0. Ho is now 5-1 playing in St. Olaf's top singles spot.

The women struggled early in doubles play, and found themselves in a 3-0 deficit heading into the singles matches. Sarah Carlson '10 and Aimee Ny '10 fell to UW-La Crosse's top doubles team 8-3.

Anna Klenke '11 paired with Ho to play in the second doubles match, but the team was defeated 8-4.

Stephanie Randall '11 and Ellen Goerss '09 fared similarly in the final doubles match, managing to secure three games to their La Crosse opponents eight.

Nearly three weeks ago, the women swept doubles play against Concordia College-Moorhead, allowing the women to enter singles competition with a comfortable 3-0 lead. Friday, the women found themselves on the opposite end of that result. Sarah Magnuson '11 and Maddy Buck '11 both forced their singles matches into a tiebreaker. Magnuson jumped out to a strong 6-2 win in the opening set in the number four singles spot, but dropped the second set 6-4. Magnuson was unable to carry her early momentum over to the tiebreaker and she finally lost 10-3 in the deciding set.

Buck won her first set 6 -- 4 to take an early advantage in the sixth singles spot, fell in the second set 6-2 to even the match. The closely fought tiebreaker disappointingly ended for Buck as the La Crosse opponent eked out an 11-9 victory.

Ida Holdahl '11, playing at fifth singles, yielded back-to-back 6-4 sets in her loss.

Ny played in the number two singles spot and faced a tough UW-La Crosse opponent. Ny lost a hard-fought first set by a score of 6-4 before dropping the second set 6-2 to secure the point for UW-La Crosse. Carlson struggled to win games against her opponent in the third singles match. Carlson managed to win a pair of games in the first set, but was then shut out in the second, deciding set. Friday's nonconference loss does not affect the Oles' 2-2 MIAC record.

The women are currently in fifth place in the MIAC, tied with St. Mary's and Carleton. The Oles resume MIAC play Saturday when they travel to Lakeville, Minn. for a conference dual match against Bethel University.





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