Ellis, Hall, and Kroker named All-Conference for singles
May 8, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn.- Julia Ellis, Lisa Hall, and Kristi Kroker were each named to the 2013 MIAC Women's Tennis All-Conference team, as announced by the league on Wednesday.
Ellis and Kroker earned the honor for the second straight year, while Hall's recognition came during her debut season in the MIAC. The trio occupied the top three positions in the line-up for all but one match for an Ole team that finished 9-9 overall and 6-4 in the conference.
In her senior year, Ellis compiled a singles record of 11-6 overall and was 8-1 in MIAC play, which led all No. 2 singles players. She finished the year with a five-match winning streak, including wins against the top teams in the MIAC in Gustavus, St. Catherine, Carleton, and St. Thomas in the playoffs. In the final regular season match of the spring, Ellis earned perhaps her biggest win of the year as she defeated Carleton's Anne Lombardi, who was ranked No. 22 in the region, 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Hall, a first-year, finished the season with a 10-8 record in her spot at the top of the Oles line-up. She also recorded a 6-4 record in the conference, good for the fifth-best mark among No. 1 singles players. Despite losing two of her final three matches, Hall finished the year playing some of her best tennis as the two losses came against St. Catherine's Victoria Bravo and Carleton's Bridget Doyle, two of the top players in the conference. Hall closed the year with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Shelby Henderson of St. Thomas in the playoffs.
Like Ellis, Kroker picked up her second straight All-MIAC honor for singles. The sophomore posted an 11-7 overall record and went 8-2 in the MIAC, good for second best at No. 3 singles. Kroker's season was highlighted by a six-match winning streak from March 29 to April 25, which included a win against Gustavus' Mallory Shellum. Her lone MIAC losses came to Maria Koval of St. Catherine, who finished the year 10-0 in the conference, and to St. Thomas' Kara Lefsrud in a grueling match in the playoffs. In her two years as an Ole, Kroker is 15-5 in conference singles matches.
Hall and Kroker will look to carry over their strong play to next season, when St. Olaf will look to make the post-season for the 12th year in a row.