CHICAGO, Ill. – It’s a regional repeat for the Carleton College women’s tennis team.
For the second consecutive year, the Knights earned the MIAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Just like last year, Carleton travels to the Windy City for the regional round hosted by the University of Chicago. And for the second time in as many seasons, the Knights will face Grinnell College in the opening round, a match slated for 10 a.m. on Friday, May 10.
The Knights (15-7) are ranked No. 7 in the central region and are led by six All-MIAC performers: Bridget Doyle (Sr./Mendota Heights, Minn./Visitation), Anne Lombardi (Jr./Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central), and Mikayla Becich (Fy./Bradfordwoods, Pa./North Allegheny) earned the distinction in both singles and doubles. Molly Hemes (Jr./Green Bay, Wis./Preble) and Claire Spencer (Fy./Newport News, Va./Menchville) were all-conference for singles, while Grace Davis (Fy./Neenah, Wis./Neenah) earned the award for her play in doubles.
Grinnell (14-8) is unranked, and is led by senior Laura Krull, who will also play in the singles draw at the NCAA Division III Individual Tennis Championships later this month.
The winner of the Carleton-Grinnell match will face University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (20-8) in the regional semifinals. The Warhawks are ranked No. 5 in the region and No. 26 in the nation.
The other side of the bracket sees Ohio Northern University face Edgewood College in the opening round, with the winner taking on regional host University of Chicago (No. 1 in the region and No. 8 in the nation) on Saturday. The regional finals are slated for Sunday, May 12 at 12 p.m.