St. Olaf 6, Bethel Univ. 3 (box)

Singles play leads women's tennis to win over Bethel

Michael Abdella
April 16, 2013

ARDEN HILLS, Minn.- In their first outdoor match of the season, the St. Olaf women's tennis team won their third straight match with a 6-3 win over Bethel on Tuesday afternoon at Ona Orth Athletic Complex.

St. Olaf improves to 7-5 overall and 4-1 in MIAC play, while Bethel falls to 6-8 and 2-5 in the conference. The Oles have defeated the Royals in each of the last nine years.

Bethel won two of the three doubles matches to start the afternoon. The duos of Abby Edin and Lisa Scheevel and Kayla Wheeler and Abby Kreklau were victorious for the Royals, while Kristi Kroker and Maya MacGibbon picked up the Oles lone doubles point. Kroker and MacGibbon moved to 3-1 in MIAC play with a 8-5 win over Steph Brown and Kristin Vivian.

In addition to their doubles win, Kroker and MacGibbon each won their singles matches as St. Olaf picked up five singles wins. Lisa Hall, Julia Ellis, and Erin Hynes also earned singles victories for the Oles.

Faced with a 2-1 deficit after doubles, St. Olaf got two quick wins from Hall and Hynes to put the Oles ahead 3-2. After taking the first set 6-2 against Edin, Hall trailed 3-2 before rattling off the final four games of the match as she recorded her third consecutive win. Hynes dropped just two games in her defeat of Amanda Johnson at sixth singles. Hynes now has won five straight matches.

Kayla Wheeler's 6-1, 6-1 win over Lizzie Carlson got Bethel level at 3-3, as she improved to 9-3 this spring.

The Oles then won the final three singles matches, which were all highly competitive. At fourth singles, Maya MacGibbon won the first set comfortably before being pushed in a 6-2, 7-5 win over Brown. Kroker trailed early in the second set of her match with Vivian at third singles but came out with a 6-3, 6-4 win. Like Hall, Kroker's win was her third in a row. In the longest match of the day, Ellis pulled out a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Scheevel. Ellis trailed 5-3 in the opening set before winning the final four games of the set. Ellis, MacGibbon, and Hynes are each a perfect 4-0 in MIAC singles action so far this spring, as the Oles are 25-5 as a team in conference singles matches.

The match was the first of a four match week for the Oles. St. Olaf faces Carleton on Thursday evening at Lakeville Lifetime Fitness, before playing Saint Ben's and Gustavus on Friday and Saturday. The Oles are currently fourth in the MIAC, as teams jostle for position in the six-team playoffs.

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