Advancing to the round of 16 in singles after picking up a pair of victories for the Gustavus women’s tennis team was Alex Erickson, Laurel Krebsbach, and Megan Gaard. Erickson picked up wins over Megan Kasten of UW-Whitewater (6-0, 6-2) and Toby Cain of Grinnell (6-3, 6-1), Krebsbach defeated Edgewood’s Laura Olsen (6-0, 6-0) and UW-Whitewater’s Annie Smith (6-2, 6-1), and Gaard topped Taylor Storbakken of Edgwood (6-0, 6-0), and Mara Weiner (6-3, 6-0) to advance to Saturday.
Six of the eight top-seeded doubles teams advanced to the round of eight in day one. Fifth seeded Caitlin Harper and Christine Muller of St. Olaf fell 8-3 to Coe’s Jackie Pedersen and Sara Ohlman, and seventh seed Lawrence’s Beth Larson and Jennifer Roesch fell to UW-Whitewater’s Annie Smith and Sydney Divelbiss 8-5.
The pair of Megan Gaard and Alex Erickson was the only Gustavus doubles team to advance to the quarterfinals. Gaard and Erickson defeated Grinnell’s Constanza Alarcon and Clothilde Thirouin 8-0 in the first round, and UW-La Crosse’s Olivia Hartwick and Andrea Vivian in the second round.
The USTA/ITA Midwest Regional will begin with singles play at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.