St. Olaf 7, SUNY-Oneonta 2 (box)

Ole women cap trip with win over SUNY-Oneonta

Michael Abdella
March 30, 2013

HILTON HEAD, S.C.- After three straight losses to tough competition, the St. Olaf women's tennis team capped their spring break trip on a positive note with a 7-2 win over SUNY-Oneonta on Friday afternoon in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

The Oles (5-5) played five matches in five days and completed the trip with a 2-3 mark. The Red Dragons were 1-3 in Hilton Head and are 9-8 overall.

St. Olaf mixed up their second and third doubles teams on Friday and came out of doubles play ahead 2-1. Julia Ellis and Lisa Hall remained together at first doubles and won the final four games of their 8-5 win over Danielle Browarski and Brynn Sussman. New partners Bailey Kent and Kristi Kroker teamed up for an 8-2 victory at third doubles against Abby Smith and Michelle Spencer. Caitlin Owsley returned from illness to partner with Maya MacGibbon at second doubles but the pair fell 8-2 to Emily Maggiore and Colette Lankowicz.

St. Olaf also made some changes to the singles lineup but the Oles still won five of the six matches. Hall, Kroker, Erin Hynes, Lizzie Carlson, and Kent all were victorious for St. Olaf. Maya MacGibbon got some well-deserved rest after her last three matches each went 10-8 in super tie-breakers. In the only super tie-breaker of the day, Sussman defeated Ellis 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 at second singles to give the Red Dragons their lone singles point.

The other five matches all went to the Oles in straight sets with no set being closer than 6-3. Hall and Kroker each lost four games in their wins over Browarski and Maggiore, respectively. Kroker's win snapped a string of three straight losses. Despite moving up to fourth singles, Hynes picked up her third straight win by virtue of a 6-0, 6-2 win over Lankowicz. Lizzie Carlson dropped just one game against Spencer at fifth singles, while Kent racked up her team-high sixth singles win. Kent topped Kelly Gochan 6-2, 6-0 at sixth singles.

St. Olaf now turns its focus back to MIAC play. The Oles travel to Winona to face Saint Mary's on Saturday, April 6 at 3 p.m. The Cardinals (6-6, 1-4 MIAC) defeated the Oles 5-4 last spring.

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