Women’s Tennis finishes 5th

Justin Koepsell
Editorial Staff

The Carroll University Women’s Tennis team set themselves up for a conference playoff spot with a little help from the tiebreakers. Unfortunately that help never came and the team missed the Midwest Conference Team Tournament for the second straight year.

That didn’t mean, though, that the Lady Pioneers didn’t make noise in the individual tournaments for the Midwest Conference. After two days of competition, Carroll finished in fifth place in the conference.  This is the highest possible finish for a non-playoff qualifying school.

Alyssa Larson and Samantha Bachman got the team off on the right foot in their No. 2 Doubles tournament. They defeated a pair from Monmouth College and a pair from St. Norbert College both by scores of 6-1, 6-1. The team met their match, though, in the finals when they faced Grinnell College’s No. 2 Doubles team. The orange and white fell 5-7. 1-6.

The No. 3 Doubles team of Erin Mohrbacker and Cheyanne Urso also did well. After losing to the eventual champions from Grinnell they won their next two matches 10-1 and 10-5 over the Monmouth and Ripon College pairs respectively to take the consolation title.

In singles play Kate Rasmussen took home the silver medal in No. 4 Singles when she lost to Tatyanna Sukharnikova from Grinnell 6-4, 2-6, 4-6.

Larson bounced back from losing her first match to win her final two matches to win the consolation title. Erin Mohrbeacker also won the consolation title in her tournament at No. 5 Singles. Melissa Skiba shook off a quarterfinal loss at No. 6 Singles to eventual champion Callie Schroeder from St. Norbert. She came back to take the consolation title too.

Carroll finished up their dual competition with a 1-0-1 record against Lake Forest and Mt. Mary College.  A rare tie occurred when the match at Lake Forest had to be called on the count of darkness. The match was tied 3-3 with No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 Singles left to finish.

In the final home match of the year the Lady Pios came out firing beating the Blue Angels from Mt. Mary 8-1. The lone loss was Elissa McKinley at No. 1 Singles who fell in a supertiebreaker.
Carroll finished the season 5th in the Midwest Conference, 3rd in the North Division. They had a dual record of 8-3-1.

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