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Women's Tennis at NCAA Championships - Third Round - vs. U of Chicago

Sunday, May 12th, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. at Whitewater, Wis. - Wangerin Courts

Knights’ season ends with Sweet Sixteen loss to U of Chicago

2018-19 Carleton Women's Tennis
Photo: Ruthie Yankwitt '22

WHITEWATER, Wis. – The No. 27-ranked Carleton College women’s tennis team saw the curtain close on the 2018-19 season with a 5-0 loss to No. 12 University of Chicago in the NCAA Championships Regional Final.

“Very proud of the team,” said Carleton head coach Luciano Battaglini. “We are super happy that we were able to go so far in the tournament. That is a nice achievement. Today, the University of Chicago was a bit too much for us. Their national ranking and previous results reflect the quality of the team that they have. They are always a tough team to play against, so congrats to University of Chicago.”

This was the Knights’ first trip to the Sweet Sixteen since 1996. Carleton concludes the season with a 20-3 record, the second-most single-season victories in recorded team history.

MOST WINS IN CARLETON WOMEN’S TENNIS (single season since 1988)

22-2 — in 1991-92
20-3 — 2018-19

19-6 — 2004-05
19-6 — 2011-12
19-3 — 2013-14
19-7 — 1992-93
18-5 — 1995-96

Chicago (16-5) grabbed a 3-0 lead after doubles, but it was not easy as the pairing of Elizabeth Yim (So./Orange, Calif./Villa Park) and Sonya Romanenko (Fy./San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) took their third doubles match to a tiebreaker before falling 8-7 (7-5).

The Maroons then posted straight-set victories behind nationally-ranked players at first and second singles, clinching the match. 

Sunday marked the end of the collegiate career for senior Kristina Conrad (Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong), a three-time All-MIAC performer in both singles and doubles. She went 51-14 in singles play during her career, with her .785 winning percentage ranking fourth among players since 2006.

Conrad totaled 60 doubles triumphs against 17 setbacks. Her win total is fourth-most since 2006, and she owns the highest doubles winning percentage (.779) over that span among players with 35 or more victories.

“It’s somewhat of bittersweet because the season has been great, but not having Kristina around next year is going to be a huge loss for our program. She has been an amazing student-athlete, someone that has been a very respectful all four years. Somebody that has truly placed a high priority on being a good athlete for Carleton but also a great student. Overall, somebody that is an amazing person.

“In my program being a good person and having a good, positive attitude is more important than anything else. So we are going to miss her tremendously. Kristina went from not being a starter her first year to finishing her career playing No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles, so you can see her improvement has been unreal the last four years. We are going to miss her.”

#12 University of Chicago 5, #27 Carleton College 0
Singles competition

1. #24 Antohi, Marjorie (UCW) def. Jeanny Zhang (CAR) 6-2, 6-0
2. #36 Xu, Catherine (UCW) def. Kristina Conrad (CAR) 6-0, 6-0
3. Park, Lauren (UCW) vs. Madeline Prins (CAR) 6-2, 0-0, unfinished
4. Semenov, Nicole (UCW) vs. Faith Yim (CAR) 6-3, 1-2, unfinished
5. Lee, Eugenia (UCW) vs. Elizabeth Yim (CAR) 6-3, 0-0, unfinished
6. Pandey, Annika (UCW) vs. Yelena Hallman (CAR) 6-0, 4-1, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Xu, Catherine/Lee, Eugenia (UCW) def. Kristina Conrad/Madeline Prins (CAR) 8-3
2. Antohi, Marjorie/Ellison, Daryn (UCW) def. Jeanny Zhang/Faith Yim (CAR) 8-2
3. Park, Lauren/Semenov, Nicole (UCW) def. Elizabeth Yim/Sonya Romanenko (CAR) 8-7 (7-5)

Match Notes
Carleton College 20-3; National ranking #27; Regional ranking #5
University of Chicago 16-5; National ranking #12; Regional ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,1)