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After a fourth straight win over UW-Eau Claire in the morning, the Norse women’s tennis team was back on the courts to face St. Ben’s in an afternoon match to close things out at home on Saturday, September 10. Luther won two out of three doubles matches for the second straight contest and used strong play from the top of the lineup to notch a 6-3 victory. The Norse are now 5-1 overall and remain 2-0 in the IIAC.
St. Ben’s jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Jamie Hoffman and Alicia Vargas beat Luther’s Lola White-Baer and Annie Whiteley (8-3) at No. 3 doubles. Cassandra Chalhoub and Elise Allen countered with an (8-2) win at No. 2 doubles over Aly Brandell and Sarah Rossman, rattling off the final five games of the match to knot the contest at 1-1. Cami Czech and Katy Lindstrom closed things out well at No. 1 for the second straight time on the day, winning (8-5) over Lauren Jones and Sarah Rossman.
Leading 2-1, White-Baer won a tight first set and then rolled to another win at No. 4 singles, defeating Hoffman (6-4, 6-0). Czech played her strongest singles match up to this point in the season, winning (6-2, 6-2) at No. 1 and Chalhoub clinched the win with a (6-2, 6-1) decision against Jones at No. 2. Adriana DePaolis played well against a strong player, but fell (6-2, 6-3) at No. 6 to Vargas. Allen won (6-1, 6-0) against Rossman for Luther’s final point before Lindstrom lost (2-6, 6-2, (10-8)) in the final match of the day.
The Norse had five players pick up a trio of varsity wins on the day and won for the fifth consecutive time after a season opening loss at Wheaton. Luther has a quick turnaround with a pair of matches in Waverly, Iowa on Sunday, September 11. The team will resume IIAC competition against the Knights of Wartburg before finishing up a busy stretch against a perennially strong UW-La Crosse squad.
The Norse will return to action tomorrow when they will travel to Waverly, Iowa to play Wartburg and UW-La Crosse.
Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586