St. Olaf 9, Macalester 0 (box)

Women's tennis shuts out Macalester for fourth straight win

Michael Abdella
March 3, 2012

OWATONNA, Minn.- In their first MIAC match in three weeks, the St. Olaf women's tennis team shut out Macalester 9-0 on Friday night at the Owatonna Indoor Tennis Center.

The win was the fourth straight for the team to start the year. The team has defeated two Division-II teams (St. Cloud St. and Minnesota State-Mankato) and two MIAC foes (Concordia-Moorhead and Macalester) thus far.

St. Olaf topped the Knights 8-1 last spring, and although the Oles did not drop a match this time around, the matches were more competitive. Like last year, the Oles won all three of the doubles matches against the Scots. At first doubles, Christine Muller and Caitlin Harper topped Katelyn Glenna and Gabby Queenan 8-6 in the closest of the three matches to improve to 3-1 on the year. The pairing of Lizzy Eggert and Caitlin Owsley stepped up to the second spot and earned a 8-3 win, while Andrea Jumes and Julia Ellis won by the same margin.

In singles play, the Oles continued to hold the upper hand to complete the sweep. St. Olaf won five of the six matches in straight sets. First year Erin Hynes came back from a set down against Carmen Whitehead at fifth singles to win in a super tie-breaker. Hynes dropped the first set 7-5 but came back strong to win the second 6-1, before winning the breaker 10-5 to improve to 3-0 on the year in singles. At first singles, Muller won two close sets against Glenna 6-4, 7-6 for her second MIAC win in two tries. Also picking up their second conference wins were Julia Ellis, Kristi Kroker, and Lizzie Carlson. Carlson, playing sixth singles, did not drop a game against Lucy Miner. Caitlin Harper lost just three games at second singles against Paige Schaefer to move to 3-1 on the year.

St. Olaf is in action this afternoon at the Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota in their second MIAC match in two days. The Oles face St. Catherine University at 3 p.m. The Wildcats are 3-2 so far this spring, including a 1-1 mark in the MIAC. St. Cate's defeated Macalester 8-1 last week.

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