Harper named MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week
April 17, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn.- St. Olaf senior Caitlin Harper was named the MIAC Women's Athlete-of-the-Week after picking up two singles victories, including the team's lone point against nationally-ranked Carleton, and a doubles victory during the week.
The Oles suffered their first loss of the 2012 season last week to a very good Carleton squad, but bounced back for a big conference win over St. Thomas. Harper, a senior from Rochester, Minn., led the way in both matches. Harper won both of her singles matches - including a thriller against the Knights - and one of her two doubles matches last week.
Harper provided the Oles' only point in the 8-1 loss to Carleton, thanks to her thrilling 6-3, 5-7, 11-9, win over the Knight's Bridget Doyle. She also added a singles win in straight sets (6-0, 6-3) over St. Thomas' Mary Allen in Saturday's convincing 8-1 victory over the Tommies, and she added an 8-3 win at No. 1 singles with partner Christine Muller, This season, Harper is a terrific 9-1 in singles play, including a 6-1 conference mark, alternating between the Oles' top two spots. Harper and Muller are 7-3 at No. 1 doubles, winning six of their seven MIAC matches. Their lone doubles defeat was to Carleton's Kathryn Schmidt and Erin Gudul, the tenth-ranked doubles pairing in the region.
The MIAC split helped St. Olaf improve to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in conference play, and the Oles locked up a spot in the 2012 MIAC Women's Tennis Playoff field in the process. Harper and her St. Olaf teammates will try to continue to improve their seeding for the postseason with a pair of MIAC matches on the schedule this week. Thursday, the Oles travel to Arden Hills, Minn., to face Bethel at 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, they host Saint Mary's on Carleton's Bell Field courts with 2 p.m. scheduled as the start time.