St. Peter, Minn. – The Gustavus women’s tennis team came out strong and would never look back on Friday night at the Swanson Tennis Center when it squared off with Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) foe Concordia. The Gusties opened the match with three wins in the doubles competition and went on the sweep the remaining six singles matches for a final tally of 9-0. With the win, Gustavus improves to 8-6 on the season while Concordia falls to 0-12.
The doubles pair of Mallory Shellum (Sr., St. James, Minn.) and Heather Annis (Sr., Mapleton, Minn.) opened the contest with an 8-1 win at the No. 2 slot for Gustavus. The Gusties went on to record identical 8-3 victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions before sweeping a singles competition that saw the Black and Gold win all six matches in straight sets. Gustavus lost only six points combined throughout the singles portion of the dual, which was highlighted by first-year Sidney Dirks (Fy., St. Peter, Minn.). Dirks defeated Kaitlyn Davies 6-0, 6-0 in what was the fifth point to clinch the match for the Gusties.
The Gustie women will be back in action Saturday morning when they host St. Olaf at 11:00 a.m. in the Swanson Tennis Center.