Women's tennis pushes Gustavus but falls 7-2
April 20, 2013
ST. PETER, Minn.- The St. Olaf women's tennis team claimed their first regular season match wins against Gustavus in over 16 years in a 7-2 loss to the Gusties on Saturday morning at Swanson Tennis Center.
Dating back to the 1996-97 season, the Oles had lost 16 straight regular season matches to the Gusties by 9-0 scorelines. On Saturday, however, St. Olaf (8-6, 5-2 MIAC) got singles wins from Julia Ellis and Kristi Kroker. The wins were the first match wins for a St. Olaf player against Gustavus since Claire Carlson's singles win in May 2009 in the MIAC playoffs. Both teams were ranked regionally in the latest ITA rankings. In the Central region, Gustavus is No. 10, while St. Olaf is in a tie for No. 20.
Ellis got off to a 5-2 start against Heather Annis at second singles before Annis got within 5-4. Ellis, however, closed out the set 6-4 and went on to win the second 6-2 to improve to 5-1 in the MIAC. Kroker's win came against Mallory Shellum at third singles. Kroker took a comfortable first set 6-2 before falling behind 5-4 in the second set. However, she won the final three games to claim her fifth straight win.
Gustavus (8-3, 4-1 MIAC) won the other four singles matches with three of the wins coming in straight sets. In a tight match at first singles, Laurel Kresbsbach edged Lisa Hall 7-5, 6-3. Hall led 5-4 in the opening set before Krebsbach closed it out. In the second set, Hall fell behind 4-1 but battled back to 4-3 but again Krebsbach finished strong. Sidney Dirks and Annie Mahoney picked up straight set wins against Maya MacGibbon and Lizzie Carlson at fourth and sixth singles, respectively. In the lone super tie-breaker of the day, Maddie Lindstrom snapped Erin Hynes' six-match winning streak with a 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 win at fifth singles.
The Gusties swept the three doubles matches to start the match. Krebsbach and Mahoney moved to 5-0 in MIAC doubles play with an 8-4 win over Hall and Ellis at first doubles. Annis and Shellum won their sixth conference match in seven tries by topping MacGibbon and Andrea Jumes 8-2. Dirks and Lindstrom also are 5-0 in MIAC doubles play after they defeated Bailey Kent and Kroker 8-5. The loss for Kroker and Kent snaps a string of three match wins in a row.
The next match for St. Olaf is on Tuesday evening against Macalester (2-9, 0-4 MIAC) in St. Paul. After that match, the Oles face two of the top teams in the MIAC in St. Catherine (8-0) and Carleton (5-1) at home as they vie for playoff positioning.