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IIAC NCAA Tournament Automatic Qualfier

From site: Tennis (women)

Date:April 27, 2013
Results:Runner-up
Location:Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Semifinals - The Luther women’s tennis team earned a spot in the IIAC Automatic Qualifier Tournament title match after battling past a pesky Wartburg squad at Vets Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The Norse won a pair of doubles matches and then added a trio of singles victories to pick up the 5-1 win.

Elise Allen and Maggie Helms led 4-3 at No. 1 doubles before winning the final four games to defeat Claire Evans and Melissa Davis.  Lola White-Baer and Hailey Johnson trailed early in the match at No. 3, but regained their form and won by an (8-4) margin against Michelle McKenzie and Brita Jensen.  The Knights grabbed a point at No. 2 where Jenny Dallenbach and Katherine Ross rallied for a (9-7) victory over Luther’s Katy Lindstrom and Annie Whiteley.

Whiteley rebounded by tallying the first singles point for the Norse, beating McKenzie (6-3, 6-3) at No. 5.  Allen was also a winner in straight sets, knocking off Dallenbach by a (6-1, 7-5) margin at No. 1.  All four other courts were competitive, but Helms garnered her second point of the day, outlasting Ross (7-5, 6-4) at No. 3 to clinch the match for Luther.

Box Score

Championship Match - The Norse saw their season come to an end with a loss to Coe in the title match of the IIAC Automatic Qualifier Tournament.  The Norse jumped out to an early 2-1 edge after doubles, but the Kohawks were able to rally to earn the automatic bid into the NCAA DIII National Tournament, winning by a 5-3 margin.

After Coe tallied a victory at No. 1, the Norse fought back and gutted out tight victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.  Katy Lindstrom and Annie Whiteley went back and forth with their Kohawk counterparts at No. 2, outlasting Laura Birky and Elizabeth Hoffmann by an (8-6) margin to knot the score at 1-1. Lola White-Baer and Hailey Johnson finished an unbeaten spring season with a (9-7) win at No. 3, defeating Jordan Ferree and Tamara Washington to give the Norse a 2-1 lead heading into singles action.

Jenna Myers picked up the third point of the day for the Norse with a (6-2, 6-2) win over Hoffmann at No. 6 singles, but Coe tallied wins at No. 2, 3, 4, and 5 to clinch the team victory.  Luther’s Elise Allen was still out on the court battling Coe’s Tai Lucero at No. 1 singles when the match was stopped.

The Norse finish the season with a 16-7 record.

Box Score

Senior

Eagan, Minn.

Eastview

Senior

Lakeville, Minn.

Lakeville North

Senior

Wayzata, Minn.

Orono

Sophomore

Iowa City, Iowa

West

First Year

Moline, Ill.

Moline

First Year

Centennial, Colo.

Arapahoe High School

First Year

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Linn-Mar

Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586