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ISSUE 116 VOL 17 PUBLISHED 4/18/2003

Tennis still on streak

By Joe Midthun
Contributing Writer

Friday, April 18, 2003

The St. Olaf women’s tennis year has been full of streaks. The women started the year with a four game winning streak and a share for first in the MIAC. That stretch included a tough 7-2 win over St. Benedict’s and wins over Bethel, Nebraska–Wesleyan, and was capped with a win over Concordia.

Sadly, all streaks come to an end, and on March 1 the Ole women’s team suffered its first loss at the hands of Luther College. They then started a different type a streak, one they wanted no part of. The Oles lost three of their next four matches and was only a single game above .500. For many teams, self-destruction could have followed a tough streak, but not this team.

On April 3 the losing streak ended in Winona as the Oles beat St. Mary’s 5-4 in a closely contested match. What made the match even more impressive was the fact that the Oles’ number one singles player Janelle Sagness did not play. “Overall it was a great match,” Coach Nesbit said about the ladies performance. The win started yet another streak. The team has won its last three matches and continues to work its way up the MIAC ladder.

Saturday the woman played their first home outdoor meet at St. Olaf. The weather for the meet was wonderful with sunshine and no precipitation. The Oles capitalized on the nice weather by beating up on the visiting Macalester team, who had only won 2 of its thirteen matches.

“The Ole women solidly beat Macalester,” Janelle Sagness ‘03 said. They won all but two singles matches, including wins from Beth Erie ‘05, Jennifer Ison ‘03, Kristen Buchta ‘05, and Emily Eggert ‘06. None of the doubles matches were ever in doubted with the Oles winning 8-1, 8-1, and 8-4.

At the end of the day, the Oles had seven wins and the Scots only two. With the win the Oles moved into fourth place in the MIAC with a record of 6-2 and an overall record of 7-5.

The Oles then turned their attention from Macalester toward cross-town rival Carleton College. The Carls had lost four in a row, but three of those losses came at the Midwest Invitational held in Madison. The match was scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Olaf Carlson Courts. Sadly, the nice weather that the Oles experienced on Saturday decided to leave and the match was postponed. The Oles are waiting until the weather gets better before they can attempt to extend their winning streak to four.

They will try to finish their season on a good note when they play the number one team in the MIAC, Gustavus, which boasts an undefeated record in conference play and an 11-8 record overall continuing their decade-long domination of the MIAC. After that match the Oles will prepare for the MIAC conference championship, which will be held at Gustavus on April 25 and 26 at 9:00 a.m.

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