The Gustavus women’s tennis doubles team of Sam Frank and Sierra Krebsbach finished eighth in the doubles tournament at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small College Championships which took place at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama.
Frank and Krebsbach opened the tournament on Thursday with a loss to Paige Sumida and Whitney Waters of the University of Redlands in three sets by the score of 6-4, 2-6, and 6-10 in the superbreaker. On Thursday evening, Frank and Krebsbach played consolation match against Anny Olbrich and Sallie Katter of Linfield and lost another tight match by the score of 4-6, 6-7 (3). In the seventh place match, Frank and Krebsbach lost to #1 seed Kendra Higgins and Chrissy Hu of the University of Chicago by the score of 2-6, 3-6.
Despite the 0-3 record, Frank and Krebsbach played some good tennis against the top doubles teams in Division III and the duo earned ITA All-America honors as a result of qualifying for the ITA Small College Championships.
The ITA Small College Championship featured eight singles players and eight doubles teams who earned spots into the national event by winning their respective Wilson/ITA Regional Championships held throughout the country. All told, over 5,000 student-athletes competed in 64 regional tournaments to earn spots in the national event.