MADISON, Wis. – The Carleton College women’s tennis team opened play at the Midwest Invitational by crushing Kenyon College, 8-1. The Knights, ranked No. 29 in the latest national poll, followed that up with an extremely tight match against No. 10 DePauw University. The Tigers won 6-3, but four of the six singles matches went the distance, requiring the use of the super tiebreaker. Anne Lombardi (So./Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) went 4-0 on the day to lead the Knights. She improved to a team-best 13-2 in singles play this year and is now 15-4 in doubles.
All nine teams at the two-day event are regionally ranked, including the top seven teams from the central region.
Against Kenyon, the Knights swept the doubles matches, highlighted by an impressive 8-0 win by Erin Gudul (Sr./North Oaks, Minn./Mounds View) and Kathryn Schmidt (Sr./Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) at first doubles.
Lombardi and Bridget Doyle (Jr./Mendota Heights, Minn./Visitation) prevailed 8-2, while Katherine Greenberg (So./St. Louis, Mo./Clayton) and Molly Hemes (So./Green Bay, Wis./Preble) teamed up for an 8-3 triumph at third doubles.
The momentum stayed with the Knights even after play shifted to singles. Carleton won five of the six contests, each in straight sets. Schmidt, ranked No. 3 in the region, prevailed atop the lineup as she bested No. 8 Amy Schlessman, 6-2 and 6-1.
Doyle and Lombardi won by identical 6-4, 6-0 scores, and Gudul cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 triumph at the fourth spot. Felicity Flesher (So./Oxford, Miss./Oxford) took her match at fifth singles to a super tiebreaker before falling 3-6, 7-6 and 10-8. Erin Wilson (So./Novato, Calif./Marin Academy) notched the other victory for Carleton College by a 7-6, 6-4 margin.
Carleton faced a formidable DePauw squad in the day’s second match and gave the Tigers all they could handle. Lombardi and Doyle continued their hot play at second doubles, improving to 5-0 as a duo as they notched an 8-5 victory.
With the Knights trailing 2-1 heading into singles, things got very interesting as all but one match necessitated a third set to determine a winner.
Schmidt won another singles match over a regionally-ranked player, defeating No. 6 Kelly Gebert 6-2, 4-6, and 10-6. Lombardi rallied from a set down to prevail at third singles by a 5-7, 6-4, and 10-6 score.
Gudul came up short at fourth singles 6-7, 6-4, and 10-4 while Greenberg absorbed a 6-3, 3-6, and 10-5 setback.
Carleton will face a pair of familiar foes on Saturday. The Knights will face conference co-leader No. 20 Gustavus Adolphus College followed by a match against No. 22 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a squad the Knights faced during their recent spring break trip.