Women’s Tennis Finishes Fourth At Midwest Invitational

Posted on April 10th, 2011 by

Megan Gaard

The Gustavus women’s tennis team suffered two defeats in the final day of competition to finish fourth at the Midwest Invitational held April 8-9 in Madison, Wis.  The Gusties lost 7-2 to Dension University in the semifinals, then fell 5-4 in to Washington University (Mo.) in the third place match.  The University of Chicago went on to win the tournament, defeating Denison in the championship match 5-1.

In the semifinal match against Denison, #2 singles player Megan Gaard recorded the only Gustavus win in singles, defeating Sarah Short 6-4, 6-3.  Marianne Barau and Alex Erickson picked up the other point in doubles by topping Alex Marcell and Kelsey Geppner 9-8 (7-4) at #2 doubles.

Denison 7 def. Gustavus 2

In the third place match against Washington, the Bears took two of three points in doubles.  Gaard and Sam Frank were able to edge Theresa Petraskova and Evelyn Qin at #1 doubles to earned the Gusties a point heading into singles play.

Washington’s edge in doubles turned out to be the difference, as both squads picked up three points in singles.  Sam Frank took down Evely Qin 5-4, 6-2 at #1 singles, Barau defeated Petraskova 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) at #2, and Alex Erickson beat Paige Madara in three sets 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 at #4.

Washington 5 def. Gustavus 4

The Gusties, who are currently 10-9 on the season, will return to MIAC play on Saturday, April 16 with a pair of matches against Bethel and Concordia in Arden Hills, Minn.  The Gusties will take on Bethel and 10:00 a.m. and Concordia at 4:00 p.m.


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