NORTHFIELD, Minn. – After going 20 years without a victory over perennial conference power Gustavus Adolphus College, the Carleton College women’s tennis team has now won the last four meetings including an 8-1 decision over the Gusties on Sunday afternoon. The Knights (12-7, 8-1 MIAC) posted a trio of tight victories over Gustavus a year ago and made a statement with the decisive triumph today. The win also secured the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MIAC Playoffs and a first-round bye.
Just as it did in the previous win, Carleton grabbed the early advantage during doubles. Today the home team swept the three matches with senior Bridget Doyle (Mendota Heights, Minn./Visitation) leading the way. Playing the final home match of her career, she teamed with junior Anne Lombardi (Jr./Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) for an 8-2 result at first doubles, accounting for the duo’s fifth consecutive victory.
Juniors Katherine Greenberg (St. Louis, Mo./Clayton) and Molly Hemes (Green Bay, Wis./Preble) stayed unbeaten in MIAC matches with an identical 8-2 triumph, while Mikayla Becich (Fy./Bradfordwoods, Pa./North Allegheny) and Grace Davis (Fy./Neenah, Wis./Neenah) picked up a hard-earned an 8-5 victory to tally the tandem’s team-best 11th victory of the campaign.
In singles, Lombardi made quick work of her opponent, posting a 6-1, 6-0 decision and bringing the Knights within a single point of the victory, a result secured soon after by Becich with her 6-2, 6-4 win at the third spot.
Greenberg improved to 5-0 since joining the singles lineup with her 6-1, 7-6 triumph at the sixth slot. Both Hemes and Claire Spencer (Fy./Newport News, Va./Menchville) prevailed in super-tiebreaker to finish their conquests.
Carleton closes the regular season with a 4:00 p.m. match at St. Olaf College on Thursday, May 1. That marks the final tune up for the MIAC Playoffs, where the Knights will have a first-round bye and will open the semifinals on Saturday, May 4 at 11:30 a.m. The semifinal winners advance to the 4:00 p.m. finals with the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament at stake.