SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Carleton College women’s tennis team began its spring break with a tightly-contested 6-3 setback against No. 40-ranked Oberlin College in a tussle between nationally-ranked programs. Three of the six singles matches required third-set super tiebreakers.
The Knights’ Iman Qureshi (Fy./Lahore, Pakistan/Lahore Grammar School) and Madeline Prins (Fy./Pacific Palisades, Calif./Palisades Charter) posted a convincing 8-1 triumph at second doubles, but Oberlin (6-7) grabbed a 2-1 lead after doubles thanks to a narrow 9-7 victory at the third slot.
No. 37-ranked Carleton (6-2) tried to rally in singles where Kristina Conrad (So./Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) remained undefeated in 2017 and earned the Knights’ second team point with a 6-4, 6-3 result. Zoe Park (Fy./Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) dropped a first-set tiebreaker but rallied to force the second singles match to go the distance where she eventually prevailed 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 10-6.
Both Caitlin Shea (Sr./Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township West) and Prins took their singles matches to super tiebreakers as well, but both of those results fell in Oberlin’s favor, allowing the Yeowomen to pull out the team victory.
This was the first of three consecutive matches for Carleton against nationally-ranked opponents. The Knights will face No. 12 Tufts University on Tuesday, March 21 before visiting No. 28-ranked University of Redlands on Wednesday. Carleton’s spring break gauntlet concludes with a contest against regionally-ranked Colby College on March 23.