CHICAGO — The Carleton College women’s tennis team got its third straight trip to the NCAA Championships off to a successful start with a convincing 5-0 first-round victory over Westminster College (Pa.).
The Knights are ranked No. 24 in the nation and were not about to overlook the Titans, who were making their first-ever trip to the national tournament. Carleton took care of business by sweeping the doubles contests and then made quick work of Westminster in singles to close out the match.
Senior Anne Lombardi (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and sophomore Joyce Yu (Taipei, Taiwan/Taipei American School) took the first point of the match at first doubles posting an 8-1 victory, followed shortly by an 8-2 at third doubles by seniors Katherine Greenberg (St. Louis, Mo./Clayton) and Molly Hemes (Green Bay, Wis./Preble).
The sophomore duo of Mikayla Becich (Bradfordwoods, Pa./North Allegheny) and Grace Davis (Neenah, Wis./Neenah) took the third point for the Knights in an 8-0 sweep at second doubles to give the Knights an early 3-0 match lead.
Moving into singles, the Knights showed no signs of slowing down, winning the first set at all six flights, five of them by 6-0 scores. It quickly became a race to see who would tally the fourth and fifth team points.
Greenberg moved Carleton to the cusp of the team victory thanks to her 6-0, 6-0 result at sixth singles. Sophomore Claire Spencer (Newport News, Va./Menchville) won by the same score at second singles, giving the Knights the decisive fifth team point.
After prevailing in each of their first sets, 6-0, Becich, Hemes, and Yu were holding 4-1, 3-2, and 5-0 leads in the second sets of their respective tilts when the match reached decision.
The Knights advance to the second round on Friday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. They will take on the winner of the first-round contest between Principia College and national No. 12 University of Chicago.