Women’s Tennis preps for MWC tourney
The Carroll University Women’s Tennis team put together one of their best seasons in school history having a 7-2 record and a five game winning streak entering a pseudo playoff match with Beloit College.
The trip down to the state line was not kind to the Lady Pioneers as the Buccaneers sent the guests away with 2-7 loss. Kate Rasmussen was the only Lady Pio to win a singles match taking the No. 4 Singles 6-3, 6-3. The doubles play wasn’t much better for orange and blue. Samantha Bachmann and Alyssa Larson was the only pair to win taking the No. 2 Doubles 8-4.
“It was a lot closer than the score shows.,” said Coach Al Pruefer. After [Beloit] got the five wins they needed to win the match we lost two points in super tiebreakers.
The loss pretty much knocked Carroll out of contention for Midwest Conference Team Tournament. A win would have put them in a very good position to make the Team Tournament for the second time in three years. They are still currently in it but with no divisional games left and one game back they need a lot to happen to sneak in.
Carroll came into the match on a role with three straight wins of five matches or more. A trip to Illinois gave the orange and blue two wins as they were able to put out the Knox College Prairie Fire 7-2 on the morning of Sept. 26. The in the afternoon they took down Monmouth College 8-1 to improve their record to 6-2 on the year.
For her efforts over the weekend Alyssa Larson was named Midwest Conference Performer of the Week. She won both No. 2 Singles matches 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-3. She also teamed up with Samantha Bachmann in No. 2 Doubles and winning the matches by scores of 8-2 and 8-0.
“She plays excellent tennis,” said Pruefer. “She had a really close match with the No. 2 Singles defending conference champion from Beloit. Before that she was on a 5 match winning streak.”
Three days later they came into a Midwest Conference North Division matchup with the Ripon Red Hawks at Kilgour Trailblazer Tennis Courts. Except for a supertiebreaker loss at No. 1 Singles Carroll stole the show winning the showdown 8-1.
The win moved the Lady Pios to 2-1 in the Midwest Conference North Division and sitting right behind Beloit and St. Norbert College.
They have two nonconference match-ups this week, Lake Forest College in Illinois on Tuesday and at home against Mt. Mary College at 3:30p.m. on Thursday. The focus then shifts to the Midwest Conference Doubles and Singles Tournament.
“I’m not basing our season off the Beloit match,” said Pruefer. “We have an excellent team this year. Some of our players have excellent records and I feel we can play with anybody.”
There is still a slim chance the Lady Pios can make the The Team Tournament in Rockford, Ill. on Oct. 16. The Doubles Tournament takes place Oct. 17 and the Singles Tournament follows on Oct. 18. Both take place at Nielsen Tennis Center in Madison, Wis.