Tennis Stays Perfect, Sweeps St. Olaf

Dylan Zimmerman

The College of St. Scholastica men’s and women’s tennis teams have yet to drop a mark in the loss column this year as both came out of Owatonna last Saturday with victories. The women are now 4-0 overall, but what may be even more impressive is the fact that their victory over St. Olaf was their first time defeating the MIAC opponent. For the men, who are now 3-0, it was their first time beating the Oles since 2004.

The men’s team won quite handily, winning by a final score of 6-3. The Saints did their work early and often, sweeping the doubles matches against the Oles. The No. 1 team of Makar Grytsevych and Serhii Tykhonenko racked up the first win of the day, taking down their foes by a score of 8-3. Ernesto Telles and Brendan Boudreau followed suit at the No. 2 slot, winning their respective match by a score of 8-6. Finally, the No. 3 team of Bryce Gadke and Logan Engelstad completed the doubles sweep with an 8-2 victory.

The six singles matches were split evenly, with three going the way of the Saints and three the way of the Oles. Telles, Boudreau, and Engelstad were the three victors within the singles matches for the Saints.

Engelstad, after his two impressive wins on the weekend, was named UMAC Player of the Week. Heading into next weekend he will be searching for his 100th career win, as he is just shy with a total count of 99.

For the women, who are on a very impressive roll of their own to kick off the 2017 season, it was a much more intense battle for their victory over St. Olaf. Much like the men, the women’s team also came out ahead after the doubles performances. It wasn’t a sweep, but the No. 2 team of Elizabeth Fink and Miki Samz as well as the No. 3 team of Katelyn Rice and Emma Bartels each won to give the Saints an early 2-1 lead.

Rice then took her opponent down in singles play following a teammate’s loss to put the score at 3-2. The Saints then dropped two matches, but Samz evened the score up at 4-4 after a convincing 6-1, 6-1 victory. Madeleine Scanlan’s match would be the deciding factor, and she came up clutch for the Saints, defeating her opponent in tiebreakers and collecting her 100th victory of her career along the way.

Both teams, who are still holding perfect records on the year, will be squaring off against opponents next weekend at the Arrowhead Tennis Center. The men will be taking on Macalester, while the women will greet the Gustavus Adolphus Gusties.