St. Olaf 6, Luther College 3 (box)

Women's tennis finishes indoor season 6-0 after come-from-behind win over Luther

Michael Abdella
March 11, 2012

ROCHESTER, Minn.- For the first time in over seven years, the St. Olaf women's tennis team completed the indoor portion of their schedule undefeated after the women defeated Luther 6-3 on Saturday night at Rochester Tennis Center.

The Oles earned their sixth straight win on the strength of their singles play. St. Olaf won five of the six singles matches after trailing 2-1 following doubles play. No Ole won in both singles and doubles play but seven players won matches (five singles and one doubles team) for St. Olaf.

After dropping two of the three doubles matches, St. Olaf needed a strong showing in singles play and got one across the board. Christine Muller, Caitlin Harper, Kristi Kroker, Erin Hynes, and Lizzie Carlson were all winners for the Oles. Three of the wins came after super-breakers. At first singles, Muller came back from losing the first set against Cami Czech, who she's faced since middle school, to win in a super tie-breaker. Muller won the second set tie-breaker 7-4 before coming out on top in the super-breaker 10-8. Kristi Kroker split the first two sets against Lola White-Baer at fourth singles but won the ten point tiebreak 10-5. Lizzie Carlson picked up her fourth straight win at sixth singles. Carlson also needed a super-breaker against Katy Lindstrom and won it 10-8. Harper and Hynes earned straight-set victories to join Muller on five individual match wins for the spring. St. Olaf trailed 3-2 but four straight wins by Kroker, Carlson, Hynes, and Muller earned the Oles the come-from-behind win.

The Norse narrowly outplayed the Oles in doubles to take a 2-1 advantage, but could not carry the momentum over to singles play. All three of the doubles matches were decided by just two games. Harper and Muller got broke in the final game as they dropped a close match 8-6 to Czech and Katie Howe, while Caitlin Owsley and Julia Ellis fell to Cassandra Chalhoub and White-Baer by an identical scoreline. Ellis and Owsley were neck-and-neck with their opponents most of the way before losing the last three games. The lone Ole victory came at third doubles, where Lizzy Eggert and Andrea Jumes beat Katy Lindstrom and Elise Allen 9-7. The duo came back from 3-0 down to earn their third straight win and claim an important point.

St. Olaf (6-0, 3-0 MIAC) is off until March 30, when they host the College of Saint Benedict (3-2, 1-0 MIAC) in a conference match. Luther falls to 10-6 on the spring.

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