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The Luther women’s tennis dropped a tight 6-3 decision to St. Olaf in a match that featured seven close matches out of the nine flights. The Norse won two doubles matches to take an early lead, but could only earn one more point in singles play as the Oles rallied for the neutral site win at Rochester Tennis Connection in Rochester, Minn.
Cami Czech and Katherine Howe continued to play well this spring at No. 1 and held on for an (8-6) victory over Christine Muller and Caitlyn Harper. Czech and Howe picked up an early break and led 6-3 before St. Olaf rallied to level the match at 6-6. Czech fought off a pair of break points on her serve in the next game and the Norse returned well to break in the final game of the match. The No. 2 doubles match was also highly competitive and once again Luther came out on the rights side of an (8-6) score. Cassandra Chalhoub and Lola White-Baer traded the lead back and forth with Caitlyn Owsley and Julia Ellis before winning the final three games to secure the victory. Elise Allen and Katy Lindstrom almost pulled off the doubles sweep, but came one game short, falling (9-7) to Liz Eggert and Andrea Jumes.
St. Olaf knotted the match score at 2-2 when Harper nailed down a straight set victory at No. 2, defeating Allen (6-4, 6-1). Chalhoub put the Norse back in front, 3-2, when she beat Ellis (6-1, 6-4) at No. 3. Chalhoub closed out the match in style, winning the final three games after trailing 4-3 in the second set. The other four singles matches were all very competitive, with three of them going to a deciding third set super tie-breaker, but Luther was unable to come up with any more victories. White-Baer dropped a (6-4, 4-6, (10-4)) decision to Kristy Kroker at No. 4. Lindstrom also rallied back from a one set deficit, but lost (6-1, 3-6, (10-8) to Lizzie Carlson at No. 6. Howe rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the first set to lead 6-5, but ended up falling (7-6 (7), 6-4)) to Erin Haynes at No. 5. Czech dropped the third super tie-breaker of the day, losing (4-6, 7-6 (3), (10-7)) to Muller at No. 1.
Luther resumes competition in Orlando, Fla. with four matches on the squad’s annual spring break trip. The Norse will face Carthage on March 19, Oglethorpe and Colorado College on March 20, and Hope on March 22. Luther is now 11-7 overall this season.
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