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Result: L 2-5

Women's Tennis hosts MIAC Playoffs Final vs. Gustavus Adolphus College

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Pat Lamb Tennis Courts

Knights fall to Gustavus in MIAC Finals

Zoe Park
Zoe Park
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – With a trip to the NCAA Championships on the line, the No. 37-ranked Carleton College women’s tennis team was unable to dig itself out from a 3-0 deficit following the doubles portion of the match and lost, 5-2, to No. 38 Gustavus Adolphus College in the finals of the MIAC Playoffs.

When these teams met on April 22, Carleton (16-5) rallied from a 4-1 deficit and knocked off the Gusties (19-7) en route to a perfect 10-0 MIAC record and the conference’s regular-season title. This time around, however, the early three-point hole proved too substantial to overcome.

Zoe Park (Fy./Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), who won the deciding team point in Carleton’s 5-4 win over the Gusties last month, looked to get the comeback going on Sunday as she posted a convincing 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles. With that result, she improved to 19-2 overall in 2017, tied for the most regular- and post-season singles wins at Carleton since at least 2003.

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Most singles wins in regular-season and postseason (since 2003)

Zoe Park  19-2 2017
Anne Lombardi 19-4 2012
Claire Spencer 19-3 2013

Madeline Prins (Fy./Pacific Palisades, Calif./Palisades Charter) continued the rally and pulled Carleton within 3-2 when she notched a 6-4, 6-4 decision at No. 5 singles.

Kristina Conrad (So./Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) won the first set at No. 4 singles and led 5-3 in the second when Gustavus was able to close out the team result with victories at No. 3 and then No. 1 singles. With the team result already determined, Conrad’s match as well as the contest as No 6 singles where Alana Danieu (Jr./East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora) won the first set were both left unfinished.

"I want to congratulate Gustavus for a great match,” said Carleton head coach Luciano Battaglini. “We tried hard today but coming behind 3-0 in doubles is very hard, and they were the better team today. I'm very happy for another successful season, and I want to wish GAC the best of luck in the national tournament."

Sunday also wrapped up the playing careers of the two seniors on the Carleton roster: Caitlin Eichten (Sr./Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) and Caitlin Shea (Sr./Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township West). Eichten was 5-0 in singles this year and went 11-2 while playing alongside four different doubles partners this season. Shea earned All-MIAC recognition in both singles and doubles this year, raising her total of career all-conference honors to five. She went 12-7 in singles this year—including a 7-1 mark against MIAC opponents—and added 11 wins in doubles as well.