St. Olaf 9, Hamline 0 (box)

Ole women blank Pipers

Michael Abdella
April 3, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The St. Olaf women's tennis team won their fifth straight MIAC match, and eighth straight overall, by blanking Hamline 9-0 on Monday afternoon at Holt Courts.

The win is the sixth in as many seasons for the Oles against the Pipers, three of which have been 9-0. Caitlin Harper, Julia Ellis, and Kristi Kroker each won in both singles and doubles play on Monday.

St. Olaf got off to a 3-0 lead after sweeping the three doubles matches with wins from Harper and Christine Muller, Kroker and Ellis, and Lizzy Eggert and Andrea Jumes. Harper and Muller continued their perfect start to MIAC play by notching their fifth victory against no defeats in an 8-1 win over Nicole Krier and Cassie Wallerich. Kroker teamed up with Ellis for the first time in a couple weeks and earned an 8-6 win over Anna Yarborough and Katie Tarnowski. Lizzy Eggert and Andrea Jumes improved to 4-1 on the season by topping Elizabeth Allen and Leanna Manthe 8-3.

The Oles completed the sweep by winning each of the six singles matches despite giving Muller a rest. St. Olaf collectively lost 16 games in 12 sets. Harper moved to 7-1 (4-1 MIAC) by topping Yarborough 6-2, 6-0 at first singles for her seventh straight win. Erin Hynes and Lizzie Carlson, playing fourth and fifth respectively, also dropped just two games in straight set victories. Caitlin Owsley won her second MIAC singles match of the year without dropping a game. Ellis and Kroker also picked up wins after moving up to the second and third positions. As a team, St. Olaf is 26-4 in conference singles matches this spring.

St. Olaf improves to 8-0, 5-0 MIAC with the win, while Hamline falls to 0-11, 0-4 MIAC. Next up for the Oles is a date with cross-town rival and regionally ranked Carleton on April 11. The match is at Carleton and is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m. The Knights are 9-4, including a perfect 6-0 MIAC mark, and are ranked sixth regionally and 28th nationally.

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