HILTON HEAD, S.C. — The Carleton College women’s tennis team saw its season-opening win streak against Division III opponents snapped at 10 matches as the Knights dropped their spring break finale, 8-1, to national No. 10 DePauw University.
The Knights, ranked No. 28 in the country entering the day, fell behind after doubles and were unable to recover as the Tigers’ lineup features a trio of ranked singles performers.
In doubles, the central region’s top-ranked tandem of Caroline Ernhardt and Maggie MacPhail defeated Carleton’s pairing of Anne Lombardi (Sr./Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and Joyce Yu (So./Taipei, Taiwan/Taipei American School) by an 8-0 margin. Mikayla Becich (So./Bradfordwoods, Pa./North Allegheny) and Grace Davis (So./Neenah, Wis./Neenah) had the most success of the Knights duos but still fell short, 8-4, at second doubles.
In singles, Lombardi battled back from a set down against No. 19-ranked Claire Marshall before falling at first singles in the third-set tiebreaker 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5). The Tigers also got singles victories from No. 21-ranked MacPhail and No. 25-ranked Carolyn Huerth at the second and third slots, respectively.
Molly Hemes (Sr./Green Bay, Wis./Preble) tallied the Knights’ lone point with her solid 6-4, 6-2 triumph at fourth singles.
Carleton went 3-1 during its visit to Hilton Head Island, posting victories over regionally-ranked Oberlin and UW-Whitewater. The Knights next compete on Saturday, April 5 when they face Wheaton College for a neutral-site match in Winona, Minn.