ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Carleton women's tennis team claimed the 2012 MIAC women's tennis championship with a historic victory Sunday, dethroning 20-time defending champ Gustavus and handing the Gusties just their second loss in their last 221 conference matches. Sophomore Molly Hemes (Green Bay, Wis./Preble) was key in the Knights' victory, picking up a straight-sets singles win and a narrow victory at No. 3 doubles to provide two team points in the 5-4 win. For her performance in Carleton's championship-winning win, Hemes has been named the MIAC Women's Tennis Co-Athlete-of-the-Week, sharing the honor with Lauren Beadnell of St. Catherine University.
Hemes and teammate Katherine Greenberg got Carleton off to a good start with a 9-7 win at third doubles for an early 1-0 lead in the match. She then provided the Knights' first singles win of the day when she cruised to a 6-2, 6-3, victory at No. 5 singles. This season, Hemes has played an integral role for Carleton's title team with a 15-4 overall record in both singles and doubles play and she was a perfect 10-0 in singles competition in conference play, and 9-1 in MIAC doubles matches.
The big win helped Carleton improve to 16-5 overall and complete a perfect 10-0 regular season in MIAC play. The Knights also earned the No. 1 seed for this week's 2012 MIAC Women's Tennis Playoffs, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Gustavus in St. Peter. The Knights will have a first-round bye, and will await the lowest remaining seed in the semifinals, which will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. The championship match will be played Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Tournament on the line.