Women's tennis clinches playoff berth with win over Macalester
April 25, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn.- The St. Olaf women's tennis team booked their spot in the MIAC Playoffs with an 8-1 win over Macalester on Thursday evening at Hayden Courts.
St. Olaf (9-6, 6-2 MIAC) swept the six singles matches and also picked up two doubles wins. Lisa Hall, Julia Ellis, and Kristi Kroker each won at the top three singles spots and also recorded doubles wins. Paige Schaefer and Alisa Roopchand teamed up for a win at second doubles for Macalester (2-13, 0-7 MIAC).
The Oles started out the match by taking two of the three doubles matches. After being down an early break, Ellis and Hall improved to 5-3 in MIAC doubles play with a 8-5 win over Katelyn Glenna and Carmen Whitehead. Kroker and Bailey Kent defeated Gabby Queenan and Kayleigh Roach 8-1 at third doubles for their fourth match out of five.
St. Olaf won each of the six singles matches in straight sets as no Ole lost more than four games. Hall got the better of Schaefer in a match that featured long rallies and close games, as the first-year came out with a 6-3, 6-1 win. Hall is now 6-2 in the MIAC. After leading 4-3 in the first set of her match against Glenna, Ellis won it going away by taking the final eight games. Kroker ran her personal winning streak to six matches with a 6-0, 6-4 win despite trailing 3-2 in the second set. Kroker has team-highs in overall singles wins (10) and MIAC singles wins (7).
Maya MacGibbon lost just one game in each set against Roopchand at fourth singles. Erin Hynes improved to 6-1 in the MIAC by virtue of a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Queenan. Lizzie Carlson's 6-1, 6-2 win over Rachel Seidner leveled her record at 6-6 this spring.
With their spot in the playoffs locked up, the Oles prepare to face two of the MIAC's top three teams in the next week. St. Olaf hosts St. Catherine (14-1, 9-0 MIAC) tomorrow evening in the second of back-to-back matches. The team then meets cross-town rival Carleton at home on Wednesday, May 1. St. Olaf is currently fifth in the MIAC standings.