Women's tennis drops first of season at hands of Tommies

Nick Hoelmer
March 7, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - After opening their season with two convincing victories, the St. Olaf women's tennis team came up on the short end on Friday afternoon, as they were narrowly defeated 5-4 by the University of St. Thomas at the Baseline Tennis Center.

Maya MacGibbon came away with two victories on the day. She and Lisa Hall won handily at first doubles over UST's Shelby Henderson and Kara Lefsrud 8-2. MacGibbon was also victorious at the third singles position, as she defeated Paige Becher 6-2, 6-3.

"Lisa and I have a lot of fun," said MacGibbon. "Each week, we have played better and better together as we get used to each other's style of play. She is very supportive and cheerful on the court and I think we feed off each other's confidence and energy."

"Both of my matches were really fun," continued MacGibbon. "I really enjoy good competition."

Also winning matches for the Oles were Erin Hynes and Lizzie Carlson. Hynes won a marathon match over Jessie O'Brien at fifth singles 6-3, 6-4 and Carlson completed a comeback at sixth singles by defeating Brittany Alexander 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-8). Carlson found herself down 6-2 in the third set tiebreaker, but rallied with six straight points to tie the score at 6 and eventually win 10-8.

The wins for MacGibbon, Hynes and Carlson moved each of their singles records to 3-0 on the season. Hall and MacGibbon are also 3-0 at the top doubles position.

"There is always an opportunity to learn from playing strong teams like St. Thomas," said MacGibbon. "If we can take what we learned tonight and come out next week with confidence, we'll give them a good challenge."

The Ole women (2-1, 1-1 MIAC) will be back at the Baseline Tennis Center next Friday evening when they take on defending MIAC champion St. Catherine (4-2, 2-1 MIAC) at 8 p.m.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.