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ISSUE 121 VOL 17 PUBLISHED 4/18/2008

Tale of two matches for women

By Jamie Klein
Contributing Writer

Friday, April 18, 2008

It's been a busy week for the St. Olaf women's tennis team, beginning with a match against Hamline on Wednesday.

This was the women's first outdoor match of the season, and they proved more than equal to both the elements and their opponents as they swept all of their matches.

Abigail Ho '11 continued her strong season in the number one singles position, winning 6-2, 7-6. Ho also paired up with Anna Klenke '11 for an 8-0 win at second doubles.

Another convincing doubles victory came from Steph Randall '11 and Ellen Goerss (8-0), and Sarah Carlson '10 and Aimee Ny '10 also won their doubles match 8-6. Goerss made an impressive run from behind to win at the second singles spot (1-6, 6-1, 10-6) and Ny had a strong match at third singles, winning 6-0, 6-3.

First years Maddy Buck and Sarah Magnuson also had good singles matches, winning their matches 6-3, 7-5 and 6-2, 6-0, respectively.

On Saturday, the Oles went to Lakeville to take on Bethel University and once again came out winners with a 5-4 match. This match was held indoors because of the wet and cold weather. It was also more closely contested than the Hamline match.

"The matches were exciting because the teams were so evenly matched in terms of talent," head coach Scott Nesbit said.

High points of the match for the Oles included a 6-2, 7-5 win by Ho and wins by Ny (6-4, 7-5) and Ida Holdahl '11 (6-4, 6-4).

The Oles lost their matches in both the first and second doubles spots, but Holdahl and Magnuson played a strong third doubles match to bring home an 8-1 victory. Magnuson also won her match at fifth singles by forfeit due to injury.

The team headed to St. Paul on Monday to play St. Thomas. Ho put up a strong fight at first singles (2-6, 6-4, 10-7) and joined with Ny for a tough loss at the first doubles position (8-5), but the Oles were unable to stave off a 9-0 shutout by the Tommies, who rank number one in the MIAC with a perfect 8-0 conference record. Ho had won six consecutive matches at first singles for the Oles before Monday's loss.

The Oles' MIAC record now stands at 4-2, putting them in a fourth-place tie with St. Benedict's. On Saturday they will play St. Mary's University at home.

St. Mary's is currenty directly behind the Oles in the MIAC with a 3-3 conference record. The Cardinals have played twice as many matches than the Oles so far this spring, amassing a 12-6 record thus far.

The Oles are 2-2 since returning from spring break, and have just three matches remaining before the MIAC playoffs begin April 25.

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