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Four members of Ole women's tennis team named All-MIAC

Michael Abdella
May 9, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn.- Four members of the St. Olaf women's tennis team earned All-MIAC honors on Tuesday, as the league announced the 2012 MIAC Men's Tennis All-Conference teams on Tuesday. Seniors Caitlin Harper and Christine Muller, junior Julia Ellis, and first-year Kristi Kroker were named all-conference for singles, while Harper and Muller were also recognized for their doubles play.

Harper, Muller, Ellis, and Kroker, the team's top four singles players, helped lead the Oles to a 11-4 record overall, including a 7-3 mark in the MIAC. In the May 3rd poll of Division III women's tennis teams, St. Olaf was ranked sixteenth in the Central region. Harper was recognized for the second straight year in singles, while Muller earned All-MIAC honors for the third straight year in both singles and doubles. Ellis and Kroker each were named all-conference for the first time.

Harper occupied the number one singles spot for most of the year and compiled went 8-2 in the conference and 12-2 overall in singles. After losing her opening match of the year, the senior won eleven straight matches, including a win over Carleton's Bridget Doyle. Harper defeated Doyle, who was ranked 21st regionally, 6-3, 5-7, 11-9 on April 12. Harper concludes her Ole career with a 37-25 record in singles, including a 24-13 mark in the MIAC.

Muller split time between the top two singles spots with Harper and finished the year with a 9-5 record. The senior won six of her nine MIAC singles matches. Muller's senior season was highlighted by a marathon win over Luther's Cami Czech on March 10. Muller bounced back from losing the first set to earn a 4-6, 7-6, 10-8 win. In her four years as an Ole, Muller compiled a 46-19 singles record, including a 27-10 mark in the MIAC.

Like Harper, Ellis finished the year with an 8-2 conference record. The junior played all but one match at third singles and went 10-5 overall for the season. One of Ellis' top matches of the season came on February 18 when she defeated Joey Bosch of D-II MSU-Mankato. Ellis came back from losing the first set to record a 4-6, 6-3, 10-0 win. In three years of action, Ellis has a 26-9 singles record and has won 16 of her 20 MIAC singles matches.

Kroker, a first-year from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, quickly gained a hold of the fourth singles spot, racking up a 10-4 record for the season. Kroker won seven of her ten MIAC singles matches. The first-year earned one of her biggest wins of the year in the team's 6-3 win over Luther on March 10. Kroker outlasted Luther's Lola White-Baer 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 as the Oles beat Luther for the first time in over seven years.

Harper and Muller were also recognized for their outstanding doubles play. The duo went 9-6 at first doubles, including a 7-3 MIAC mark. The seniors won four of their first five matches to start the year, with the lone loss coming against D-II St. Cloud State.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.