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ISSUE 121 VOL 18 PUBLISHED 4/25/2008

Tennis secures berth

By Barrett Kennedy
Sports Editor


Friday, April 25, 2008

The St. Olaf women's tennis squad clinched the fifth seed for this weekend's MIAC playoff tournament. The good news came after a decisive defeat Monday at the hands of conference juggernaut Gustavus Adolphus. For the fourth consecutive year, Gustavus swept the dual match 9-0. Aimee Ny '10 and Sarah Carlson '10, playing on St. Olaf's Carlson Courts, lost 8-4 to the Gusties' top doubles team. Abigail Ho '11 and Anna Klenke '11 dropped their doubles match 8-3.

Sarah Magnuson '11 and Ida Holdahl '11 managed to win five games in their doubles fixture, but the Gustavus victory secured the 3-0 lead.

Gustavus carried its momentum into singles play and swept the Oles in similar fashion. Ho and Maddy Buck '11 managed to win four games each during the course of their two-set matches, but could not overcome their opponents.

Gustavus, a perennial MIAC powerhouse, did not drop a single set along the way to boosting its perfect conference record to 10-0. The Gusties have won 17 consecutive regular season MIAC titles.

Saturday's home contest featured a more evenly-matched opponent in St. Mary's University, and the Oles earned a hard-fought 6-3 victory. Three of the six singles matches extended to a tiebreaker, the Oles emerging victorious in two of them.

Ny won her first set 6-1 in the second singles match up, but needed to play an extra tiebreaker set before securing a crucial point for the women. Ny came out on top of the 10-7 deciding frame.

Similarly, Klenke won her first set 6-4 before dropping the second set 6-1. Klenke rebounded in the tiebreaker to win 10-5.

Magnuson played in the third singles match that went to a tiebreaker after battling back from a first-set loss. Magnuson could not complete the comeback as she lost 10-4 in the tiebreaker.

Besides Magnuson's closely-contested loss, the Oles swept singles play. Ho, Carlson and Holdahl each defeated their St. Mary's opponents. The women relied on their strong singles performances Friday in order to come back from a 2-1 deficit after doubles play. Magnuson and Holdahl locked up the lone St. Olaf point in the opening doubles round of play. The women's final regular-season contest was played Wednesday night in Minneapolis; after this issue of the Messenger went to press.

The women embark on their playoff run during Friday's MIAC quarterfinal match up with fourth-seeded St. Benedict.





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