SARTELL, Minn. – With raindrops falling outside, the No. 25-ranked Carleton College women’s tennis team had its road match at College of Saint Benedict moved indoors. The change in venue, however, had little impact on the Knights as they blanked the Blazers, 9-0.
Erin Gudul (Sr./North Oaks, Minn./Mounds View) and Kathryn Schmidt (Sr./Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) posted an 8-3 victory at first doubles, while Anne Lombardi (So./Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and Bridget Doyle (Jr./Mendota Heights, Minn./Visitation) prevailed by the same score at second doubles. Sophomores Katherine Greenberg (St. Louis, Mo./Clayton) and Molly Hemes (Green Bay, Wis./Preble) improved to 9-1 as a tandem after they posted an 8-2 win at the third spot.
Schmidt, ranked No. 3 in the central region, posted a 6-0, 6-0 win atop the lineup and improved to 36-1 all-time in singles during conference matches. She and Gudul are now 31-1 all-time in doubles against MIAC opponents.
Doyle had a tougher time seizing control in the early going, but once she started rolling, it turned into a 6-4 and 6-0 triumph. Lombardi improved to 16-2 this year with a 7-5, 6-1 victory at third singles. Gudul provided the biggest drama of the afternoon, winning her fourth singles match in a super tiebreaker 6-1, 2-6, 10-6. Carleton’s wins at fifth and sixth singles were fairly lopsided as Hemes (6-1, 6-0) and Greenberg (6-2, 6-0) were in control from the early going.
The Knights wrap up the regular season next Sunday, April 29 at Gustavus Adolphus College (13-7, 6-0 MIAC). It’s quite possible that the teams will be playing a winner-take-all match for the conference crown. The Gusties have three more matches before this tussle, but both squads could enter the finale undefeated in MIAC action. Gustavus has won 20 consecutive MIAC regular-season titles, however, Carleton prevailed 5-4 in a non-conference match two weeks ago at the Midwest Invite.