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Lombardi Tabbed Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week

April 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- The Carleton College women's tennis team went 2-1 over the weekend at the Midwest Invitational Tournament in Madison, Wis., with one significant highlight stealing the headline. Thanks to Anne Lombardi's (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) tiebreaker win, the Knights beat Gustavus Adolphus, 5-4, for the first time since 1988. The match-clinching win at No. 3 singles highlighted a perfect weekend for the Carleton sophomore, who won all three of her matches at third singles and three more at No. 2 doubles. For her performance, Lombardi has been named the MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week.

Lombardi's big weekend began with a 6-4, 6-0, win at No. 3 singles and an 8-2 second doubles victory against Kenyon College, and she added a comeback win (5-7, 6-4, 10-4) at No. 3 singles and an 8-5 victory at No. 2 doubles against 10th-ranked DePauw University later on Friday.

However, Lombardi saved her best for her final performance of the weekend, helping earn an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles, then outlasting Gustavus' Laurel Krebsbach, 6-0, 4-6, (10-6), to claim the win at third singles, and seal the Knights' historic win over the Gusties. Gustavus has won 20-straight MIAC regular-season titles and all five Playoff championships, and has won 209 straight conference matches dating back to 1990. Though this was a non-conference match and didn't snap that streak, it still registered as a big win on the Carleton campus. Her unbeaten weekend helped Lombardi improve to 14-2 overall in singles competition in 2012.