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Result: W 5-4

Women's Tennis vs. Valparaiso University

Saturday, February 16th, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. at Lakeville, Minn. - Lifetime Fitness

Knights top NCAA D-I program Valparaiso, 5-4

Madeline Prins
Madeline Prins
Photo: Nathan Klok

LAKEVILLE, Minn. – The Carleton College women’s tennis team took its game up a level—actually two levels—on Saturday when the Knights hosts Valparaiso University, a NCAA Division I program. It definitely proved worth the time and effort as Madeline Prins (Jr./Pacific Palisades, Calif./Palisades Charter) won a third-set super tiebreaker to clinch a 5-4 Carleton victory.

“It was a great opportunity to play against a D-I program, and I’m proud of the way the team rose to the occasion,” said Carleton head coach Luciano Battaglini.

Over Battaglini’s 12 seasons at the helm of the Carleton (3-1) program, the Knights were winless in their previous eight matches against NCAA Division I opponents. It turns out the ninth time was the charm.

Carleton jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles. Prins and Kristina Conrad (Sr./Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) secured an 8-6 victory atop the lineup, and Faith Yim (So./Orange, Calif./Villa Park) and Jeanny Zhang (Fy./Guangzhou, China/Dwight School) added an 8-5 tirumph at the second slot.

Yim and Sonya Romanenko (Fy./San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) added to the Carleton point total before the Crusaders came back and won a second, fourth, and fifth singles to level the match at 4-4.

Prins dropped the first set before battling back and clinching the match 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5).

Carleton returns to conference action with a 2:30 p.m. match against Hamline University on Sunday, Feb. 17.

#31 Carleton College 5, Valparaiso University 4

Singles competition
1. Sonya Romanenko (CAR) def. Czerwonka, Claire (VALPO) 6-4, 2-1, retired
2. Modesto, Meg (VALPO) def. Kristina Conrad (CAR) 6-3, 6-1
3. Madeline Prins (CAR) def. Schoolcraft, I. (VALPO) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5)
4. Wind, Randi (VALPO) def. Taylor Thulson (CAR) 6-3, 6-4
5. Kopfer, Jordan (VALPO) def. Yelena Hallman (CAR) 6-2, 6-2
6. Faith Yim (CAR) def. No player (VALPO), by default

Doubles competition
1. Kristina Conrad/Madeline Prins (CAR) def. Czerwonka, Claire/Schoolcraft, I. (VALPO) 8-6
2. Jeanny Zhang/Faith Yim (CAR) def. Modesto, Meg/Wind, Randi (VALPO) 8-5
3. Kopfer, Jordan/Sysouvanh, Dao (VALPO) def. Yelena Hallman/Taylor Thulson (CAR) 8-2