Sophomore Kristi Kroker earned her team-high 11th singles win of the year but the Oles lost 7-2 to No. 8 Carleton on Wednesday evening at Owatonna Tennis Center.
No. 8 Carleton 7, No. 20 St. Olaf 2 (box) | Photos

Ole women fall to No. 8 Carleton in regular season finale

Michael Abdella
May 1, 2013

OWATONNA, Minn.- In their final tune-up for the upcoming MIAC Playoffs, the 20th-ranked St. Olaf women's tennis team lost 7-2 to No. 8 Carleton on Wednesday evening at Owatonna Tennis Center.

Julia Ellis and Kristi Kroker each were victorious for the Oles (9-8, 6-4 MIAC). Bridget Doyle and Molly Hemes led the way for the Knights (13-7, 9-1 MIAC) by picking up wins in both singles and doubles.

Kroker got off to a strong match in the first set of her match with Mikayla Becich at No. 3 singles, taking the first set 6-2. Becich responded by winning a tight second set 6-4 to force a super tie-breaker. Despite trailing 5-2 in the breaker, Kroker fought back to claim a 10-7 win. The sophomore leads the team with 11 singles wins.

Ellis also got off to a quick start in her match against Anne Lombardi at No. 2 singles by breaking in the opening game. However, Lombardi, who is ranked No. 22 in the Central region, won the next six games to close out the first set. Ellis sent the match to a deciding tie-breaker by winning the second set 6-3. Ellis led early in the tie-breaker before Lombardi got within 9-8, but the Ole senior then closed it out as Lombardi's volley went wide. With the win, Ellis finishes with an 8-1 mark in the conference.

Maya MacGibbon gave Claire Spencer all she could handle at No. 5 singles. Spencer entered the match with a perfect 9-0 mark in conference play but MacGibbon battled back from losing the first set 6-3. MacGibbon pulled out the second set in a tightly-contested tie-breaker but Spencer came out on top in the deciding super tie-breaker 10-7.

The Knights won each of the other three singles matches in straight sets. At first singles, Doyle recovered from a break down in the first set of a 7-5, 6-4 win over Lisa Hall. Molly Hemes and Joyce Yu also picked up wins at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively.

Earlier, Carleton had earned a doubles sweep with wins from Doyle and Lombardi, Becich and Grace Davis, and Katharine Greenberg and Hemes. Doyle and Lombardi raced past Hall and Ellis 8-1 to move to 7-0 in MIAC doubles play. Becich and Davis defeated Kroker and MacGibbon 8-5 at No. 2 doubles. Bailey Kent and Andrea Jumes made a late run in their match against Greenberg and Hemes but lost 8-4.

Fifth-seeded St. Olaf opens the MIAC Playoffs on Friday afternoon against fourth-seeded St. Thomas. The Oles and Tommies will play at 3 p.m. in St. Peter. In their March 8 meeting, St. Thomas defeated St. Olaf 7-2 in Owatonna.

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