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After splitting a pair of matches over the weekend, the Luther women’s tennis team was back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 7 with half of the squad hitting the road for a match with Cornell, and the other half at home against Loras. The Norse improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the IIAC with a 9-0 sweep over the Rams in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
Senior Laura Reutlinger and freshman Katie Howe were knotted at 2-2 in the No. 3 doubles match, but cruised to the finish line with an (8-3) victory against Kathleen Ellis and Claudia Landsman, giving the Norse an early edge. The other two doubles matches were highly contested, but Luther earned tight wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to gain the doubles sweep. Senior Cami Czech and freshman Lola White-Baer held off Kirsten Lasley and Ariana Hudson for an (8-6) victory at No. 1 doubles, grabbing a pair of service breaks midway through the match and then closing out the pro-set on Czech’s serve. Juniors Cassandra Chalhoub and Elise Allen improved to 3-0 as Luther’s No. 2 tandem, battling from behind to win 9-8 (7-1) against Alyssa Zavislak and Kara Middleton. Chalhoub and Allen trailed 7-5 before pulling ahead 8-7 and then playing a strong tie-breaker to secure the win.
White-Baer was a (6-0, 6-0) winner against Middleton at No. 4 singles, her second straight singles win without dropping a game. Howe scored her first varsity singles win with a (6-0, 6-3) decision over Landsman to clinch the road win for Luther. Czech started well at No. 1, racing out to a 3-0 advantage before Lasley responded with four games in a row to grab a slim first set edge. Czech was able to settle in at that point and won nine of the remaining 10 games in an impressive (6-4, 6-1) win. Reutlinger notched her first varsity singles win of the season with a (6-3, 6-2) victory over Ellis, winning the final five games of the second set after falling in an early 2-1 hole. Chalhoub fought through a tight first set and pulled away for a (6-3, 6-0) win, tallying the final nine games of the match. Allen closed out the match with a (6-2, 6-3) win over Zavislak at No. 3 singles. Both Chalhoub and Allen remain undefeated for the season, each holding a mark of 6-0.
The Norse will be home this Saturday when they will host UW-Eau Claire at 9:00 a.m. and St. Ben's at 3:00 p.m.
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