|Date:||September 8, 2012|
For the fourth straight match the Luther women’s tennis team grabbed a lead after doubles play, and for the fourth time in a row the Norse earned a victory, this time an 8-1 win against Grinnell.
Katy Lindstrom and Annie Whiteley remained unbeaten on the year with an (8-4) win over Emily Groth and Julia Rumley at No. 3 to put the Norse in the lead. Grinnell briefly knotted the score at 1-1 when Hannah Feldman and Catherine Fitch held on for an (8-6) win against Luther’s Elise Allen and Maggie Helms at No. 2. Allen and Helms rallied from a 7-3 deficit to make the score 7-6 before the Pioneer duo closed out the match.
With momentum hanging in the balance, Cassandra Chalhoub and Lola White-Baer earned a tight win at No. 1 to put Luther ahead to stay. The Norse held a narrow lead for much of the match and won (8-6) over Shirlene Luk and Clothilde Thirouin, picking up a service break in the final game of the match.
Leading 2-1, the Norse stormed out of the gates in singles, winning the first set at all six positions. Helms went out in front 5-0 in the opening set on her way to a (6-1, 6-2) win over Rumley at No. 5. DePaolis was locked in a first set battle and held a slim 4-3 edge before rolling off eight of the last night games for a (6-3, 6-1) victory against Groth at No. 6. Lindstrom provided the clinching point with a (6-2, 6-3) win over Fitch at No. 4 with Allen following just seconds later with a (6-4, 6-2) win at No. 2, defeating Thirouin.
Chalhoub completed a perfect day on the courts with her fourth victory, winning (6-4, 6-2) against Luk at No. 1. White-Baer also won her fourth match, holding off Feldman down the stretch for a (6-2, 6-4) win at No. 3, giving the Norse a singles sweep.
Luther has improved to 4-0 in non-conference action and will now enter Iowa Conference competition with a pair of matches on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Norse will take two squads to Dubuque, Iowa to battle University of Dubuque and Loras. The Dubuque match will start at 3:45 p.m. and the Loras match will begin at 4:00 p.m.
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