St. Olaf 8, Univ. of St. Thomas 1 (box)

Women's tennis bounces back from setback at Carleton to defeat St. Thomas

Michael Abdella
April 14, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn.- After suffering their first loss of the season on Thursday at Carleton, the St. Olaf women's tennis team returned to winning ways with a convincing 8-1 win over St. Thomas on Saturday morning.

The Carleton setback was the Oles' first of the season but St. Olaf quickly put it behind them against the Tommies. Caitlin Harper and Christine Muller each won in both singles and teamed together for a doubles win as well. Eight individual Oles posted wins in the victory.

In singles play, the Oles picked up five straight-set victories. The lone match that went to a match tie-break was the sixth singles match between Lizzie Carlson and Anna Wright of St. Thomas. Carlson won the first set 6-4 but Wright responded by winning the second by an identical score. However, Carlson controlled the breaker, taking it 10-1. In other matches, Caitlin Harper, coming off a hard-fought win at Carleton, continued her strong play in a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Mary Allen. Harper played number one singles and improved to 5-1 in that spot by winning her ninth straight match. Muller and first-year Erin Hynes also defeated their Tommie opponents by the same margin. The closest set of the day came in the first set of the third singles match between Julia Ellis and Kara Lefsrud. Ellis took it 7-5 before cruising in the second set. Kristi Kroker also earned a straight-set victory for her seventh win of the year. St. Olaf has a 78.6% winning percentage (33-9) in MIAC singles matches this spring.

Earlier, the Oles claimed two of the three doubles matches. Harper and Muller improved to 6-1 in MIAC doubles matches with a 8-4 win over Allen and Clair Elkins. Lizzy Eggert and Andrea Jumes topped sisters Rachel and Anna Wright 8-4 to move to 5-2 on the year at third doubles. The lone St. Thomas point of the morning came at second doubles, where Lefsrud and Brittany Alexander beat Ellis and Kroker 8-3.

The win moves St. Olaf to 9-1, 6-1 MIAC on the season. The Oles are currently third in the conference behind Carleton and Gustavus, who are each undefeated. St. Thomas falls to 10-5, 6-2 in the conference and sits in fifth place. St. Olaf travels to Arden Hills on Thursday for a date with Bethel. The Royals are 5-9, 0-5 in MIAC play.

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