Gustavus Adolphus 5, Carthage 2

May 8, 2005

The Gustavus Adolphus women's tennis team defeated Carthage 5-2 to claim the Division III Central Region title and advance to NCAA Team quarterfinals in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Gustavus women's tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Team Championship on Sunday afternoon, defeating Carthage College 5-2. This will be the 17th consecutive trip to the quarterfinals for the Gusties. The Gusties, 30-2 overall, will play next at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 18-20. Their opponent is to be determined.

In doubles competition, Gustavus won quickly at the second and third positions to take an early 2-0 lead. Gustavus' number two doubles team of Lauren Hom and Kara Smiley defeated Amanda Sta. Romana and Alex Jackson 8-2. Gustavus also won the number three doubles match, as Marla Menne and Jenni White defeated Erika Lambros and Brooke Braastad of Carthage by a score of 8-2. The number one doubles team for Carthage of Kelly Mikkila and Elizca Buys, who are rated number three in Division III, defeated Tara Houlian and Lyndsey Palen 9-7, to cut the Gustie lead to 2-1.

In singles play, Gustavus picked up two more points at the number five and six positions, as Jaime Gaard of Gustavus defeated Erin Powers 6-0, 6-0 at the number five, and Marla Menne defeated Erika Lambros 6-1, 6-0 at the number six. Carthage would later cut the lead to 4-2 at the number one position, as Kelly Mikkila defeated Tara Houlihan 6-3, 6-1. Gustavus sophomore Lauren Hom would clinch the 5-2 Gustavus victory by defeating Elizca Buys 6-1, 6-2 at the number two position.

--Courtesy Gustavus Adolphus