Women’s tennis splits season opener against non-conference opponents

By David Young

SAINT PETER, MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Fresh out of a week of training at the Sunshine State, Gustavus’ women’s tennis team kicked off their 2022 campaign with a split against two non-conference opponents. Gustavus started the day at home with a 9-0 sweep over NAIA opponent Northwestern (Iowa) and finished with a 7-0 loss to Division I opponent North Dakota at Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

Gustavus 9, Northwest (Iowa) 0 | THE SCORE OF THE BOX | PHOTO GALLERY

Bagels were on the Saturday morning breakfast menu at the Swanson Tennis Center as the Gustie Women cruised to a 9-0 win in their opener of the 2022 spring season.

Gustavus started early winning all three doubles matches. First year Brooke Haddorff (Eagan) teams up with Lili Elofson (Jr., St. Peter) to claim an 8-3 win for second place in doubles. The victory was Haddorff’s first collegiate double game win.

The Gusties rolled to numbers 4, 5 and 6 in singles, losing just three games in total thanks to dominating wins by Megan Karrow (Sr., Woodbury), Mary Enright (So., Vadnais Heights)and Rachel Fanciullo (Sr., Sioux Falls, SD).

The Gusties also managed to get away with it in a trio of close matches at the top of the singles roster. Haddorff picked up his first collegiate singles win in second place while Elofson clocked a tight opening set in a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 in singles.

Debuting at No. 1 singles, Hayley Trebil (Sr., Edina) picked up a victory in the most exciting match of the day. After winning the first set 6-2, Trebil lost a tight second set 5-7. With their backs against the wall, Trebil gathered momentum in the super-breaker and secured a 10-8 win to secure the game.

Did you know? Saturday morning’s win was Gustavus’ first-ever meeting against the Red Raiders in program history. The win also marks the fourth straight year the Gusties have won their season opener.

North Dakota 7, Gustavus 0 | THE SCORE OF THE BOX

The Gusties were swept by Division I opponent North Dakota on Saturday night in the Twin Cities. The doubles team n°3 of Sydney Douglas (Sr., North Mankato) and Rachel Lindrud (Sr., North Oaks) played the tightest game of the night, dropping their doubles set 6-3 to the Fighting Hawks.

The loss drops the Gusties to 1-1 in the young season. UND is now 3-5 on the year.

Coaches Corner

With a pair of matches under their belt, the Gusties have plenty of positives to take with them going forward.

“Even though we were split into teams today at two different locations, we finished as a team,” said assistant coach Heidi Carlson. “This morning’s game was a great game with a lot of competitive points. Tonight’s game against a really tough UND team was amazing tennis. We competed hard and left the installation of better players. I’m really proud of all of our girls, not only the way they performed, but also the way they acted as Gusties. They always represent Gustave so well!

Following: The Gusties (0-0 MIAC, 1-1 overall) travel to Winona next Sunday, Feb. 13 to kick off the conference game against Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent Saint Mary’s (0-0 MIAC, 2-0 in total). The Gusties defeated the Cardinals 9-0 last season and are 29-1 against Saint Mary’s in program history.

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