Colby College 6, St. Olaf 3 (box)

Women's tennis edged in three super tie-breakers in loss to Colby

Michael Abdella
March 28, 2013

HILTON HEAD, S.C.- The St. Olaf women's tennis team came out on the wrong side of three super tie-breakers in a 6-3 loss to Colby College on Wednesday afternoon in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Four of the six singles matches came down to a match tie-break but Colby (7-1) won three of the four and all three doubles matches in their fifth straight win. Sarah Wiener, Victoria Abel, and Mckenzie Love each won in both singles and doubles for the Mules. St. Olaf (4-4, 2-1 MIAC) got singles wins from Lisa Hall, Bailey Kent, and Erin Hynes.

After falling in an early 3-0 hole after doubles play, the Oles needed to win five of the six singles matches and nearly found the five points. Erin Hynes got St. Olaf their first point with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Alex McAuliff at sixth singles. Abel then gave Colby a 4-1 lead by virtue of a hard-fought win over Kristi Kroker at third. Kroker won the first set 6-4 before Abel battled back to win the second set by the same score. Abel then took the first of four super tie-breakers 10-7.

Hall edged the Oles closer as she defeated Tess Perese 7-5, 6-3 at first singles to level her record at 4-4. Kent cut the Colby lead to 4-3 as she topped Erica Talamo 10-3 in a match tie-breaker. Kent recovered from losing the first set 6-1 for her fifth win in six matches this year.

Colby got the clinching fifth point when Love came back from a set down against Maya MacGibbon at fourth singles. After losing the first set 6-2, MacGibbon took the second 6-4, but Love claimed the super tie-breaker 10-8. In the longest match of the day, Wiener defeated Julia Ellis 6-4, 1-6, 10-7 at second singles.

The Mules got doubles wins from the duos of Perese and Wiener, Sally Holmes and Abel, and Holly Bogo and Love. The top two doubles matches finished with identical 8-4 scores.

St. Olaf faces Oberlin College (Ohio) on Thursday morning. In a match-up of regionally-ranked teams, Oberlin (9-4) topped Carleton 6-3 on Monday.

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