ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Though the 2012 women's season is just a few weeks old, Carleton's Kathryn Schmidt (Hopkins, Minn.) has already proven she can dominate a match, or she can battle from behind to beat a top-notch opponent. Schmidt has started the season 3-0 as the Knights' No. 1 singles player to go with a 2-1 record at No. 1 doubles to help her team start the season with three-straight victories. For her performance and contributions to her team, Schmidt has been named the first-ever winner of the MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week honor.
Schmidt was unstoppable in her first two singles matches of the season, only dropping one game over the course of both contests. She cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win against Division II St. Cloud State and followed with a dominant 6-1, 6-0 win in her MIAC season debut against Hamline. However, her third win may have been her most impressive as she rallied to beat Saint Mary's McKennah Edwards, who was an ITA regional finalist. Edwards, ranked No. 9 in the central region, won the first set, 6-2, but Schmidt claimed 6-1 and 10-7 wins over the final two sets to win the match. She is one of just eight MIAC players to start the season 3-0 or better in singles play this year, and one of just two to do it exclusively from the top spot in the lineup.
Thanks to Schmidt and her teammates, Carleton has cruised to a 3-0 overall start and a 2-0 start in conference play by the scores 9-0, 9-0 and 8-1. The Knights are ranked No. 6 in the region, and they'll look to remain unbeaten with a pair of MIAC matches coming up this weekend. They'll travel to Minneapolis to take on Macalester College at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, and they host St. Catherine on Sunday in Owatonna at 6:30 p.m.