St. Olaf 6, St. Benedict 3 (box)

Doubles sweep highlights fourth straight win for Ole women

Michael Abdella
April 20, 2013

SARTELL, Minn.- The St. Olaf women's tennis team claimed their fourth straight win with a 6-3 win over Saint Benedict on Friday evening at Fitness Evolution.

St. Olaf (8-5, 5-1 MIAC) got off to a fast start by sweeping the three doubles matches. Saint Benedict (8-5, 2-4) gained a split of the six singles matches but it was not enough. Lisa Hall and Kristi Kroker each picked up wins in both singles and doubles for the Oles.

The pairs of Hall and Julia Ellis and Kroker and Bailey Kent got the Oles off to an early lead by winning their doubles matches by 8-1 scorelines. Hall and Ellis improved to 4-2 in MIAC doubles action, while Kent and Kroker are a perfect 3-0 this season. Maya MacGibbon and Andrea Jumes made it 3-0 with an 8-4 victory over Daley Rupar and Ellie Black. MacGibbon and Jumes have won both their conference doubles matches.

Hall quickly made it 4-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jamie Hoffman at first singles. The win was the fourth in a row for the first-year who is now 5-1 in MIAC singles action. The Blazers responded by winning the next two singles matches. After being edged in a first set tie-break to Rupar, Ellis was forced to retire due to an injury. Black gave MacGibbon her first MIAC loss of the season at fourth singles with a 6-3, 6-4 win.

Erin Hynes provided the final point the Oles needed with her 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Beth Richmond at fifth singles. The sophomore racked up her sixth win on the trot and is now 5-0 in the conference. St. Olaf's sixth point came from Kroker at third singles. Kroker's 6-3, 6-3 win over Victoria Beach was her fourth consecutive victory.

Aly Dahlquist moved to 8-2 on the season for the Blazers as she defeated Lizzie Carlson in a long match at sixth singles. Dahlquist narrowly claimed the first set 7-5, before Carlson took the second 6-3. With Dahlquist leading 2-1 in the deciding set, Carlson had to retire with the match already decided.

St. Olaf faces a quick turnaround against perennial MIAC power Gustavus (7-3, 3-1 MIAC) on Saturday morning. The Oles and Gusties take to the courts at 11 a.m. in St. Peter.

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