Women top Kansas team, still unbeaten

Women top Kansas team, still unbeaten

St. Thomas Women's Tennis moved to 12-0 on the season with Wednesday's 8-1 defeat of NAIA's Southwestern (Kan.).

Freshmen Taylor McLeod and Paige McLeod defeated regionally-ranked Sydney Shields and Olivia Medaris at first doubles.

The UST men improved to 3-1 on its spring trip and 7-1 on the season with Wednesday's 5-4 win over Southwestern (Kan.).

The men used wins at first and second doubles and played even in singles despite moving each player up one lineup spot. In singles, UST won at Nos. 2, 3 and 6 to secure the match victory. Martin Beck and Matt Kavanagh won both of their doubles and singles matches. Scott Wall fell to regionally-ranked Franco Poi at first singles, and Sterling Sibley and Tom Runde lost in the Super Tiebreaker.

 

UST Women def. Southwestern College (Kansas, NAIA) 8-1
Singles:
1) Jenna Zimmerman (UST) def. Morgan Hughes (SC) 7-5, 6-3
2) Caitlin Bakke (UST) def. Olivia Medaris (SC) 6-0, 7-5
3) Paige Becher (UST) def. Sydney Shields (SC) 6-7(4), 6-3, 10-6
4) Anna Mawkoski (SC) def. Taylor McLeod (UST) 6-3, 5-7, 10-8
5) Jessie O'Brien (UST) def. Abigail Groff (SC) 6-1, 6-2
6) Paige McLeod (UST) def. Yerleei Thompson (SC) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles:
1) Paige McLeod & Taylor McLeod (UST) def. Sydney Shields & Olivia Medaris (SC) 8-5
2) Caitlin Bakke & Jenna Zimmerman (UST) def. Morgan Hughes & Anna Mawkoski (SC) 8-1
3) Lauren Keller & Jenna Czarnecki (UST) def. Jasie Peau & Savannah Caro (SC) 8-2

UST Men def. Southwestern College (Kansas, NAIA) 5-4
Singles:
1) Franco Poi (SC) def. Scott Wall (UST) 6-2, 6-1
2) Burke Anderson (UST) def. Yavier Contreras (SC) 6-3, 2-6, 10-2
3) Martin Beck (UST) def. Tomas Yacuzio (SC) 6-1, 6-2
4) Sheldon Hawthorne (SC) def. Tom Runde (UST) 6-4, 6-7(4-7), 10-8
5) Braden Baker (SC) def. Sterling Sibley (UST) 3-6, 6-1, 10-8
6) Matt Kavanagh (UST) def. Stephen Le (SC) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles:
1) Martin Beck & Luke Elifson (UST) def. Tomas Yacuzio & Braden Baker (SC) 8-5
2) Matt Kavanagh & Scott Wall (UST) def. Sheldon Hawthorne & Yavier Contreras (SC) 8-3
3) Franco Poi & Stephen Le (SC) def. Burke Anderson & Tom Runde (UST) 8-0

Tuesday story

St. Thomas Men's Tennis dropped to 2-1 on its spring trip and 6-1 on the season with Tuesday's 6-3 loss to No. 40-ranked Oberlin (Ohio).

Oberlin won four of the five close singles matches to rally to victory. UST won close battles at Nos. 1-2 doubles.

St. Thomas' Martin Beck lost 13-11 in the tiebreaker in the third set at No. 4 singles.

Oberlin 6, UST Men 3
Singles:
1) Ian Paik (OC) def. Luke Elifson (UST) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
2) Jeremy Lichtmacher (OC) def. Scott Wall (UST) 7-5, 6-3
3) Michael Drougas (OC) def. Burke Anderson (UST) 6-2, 6-2
4) Stephen Gruppuso (OC) def. Martin Beck (UST) 6-0, 3-6, 12-10
5) Tom Runde (UST) def. Monty Manickam (OC) 5-7, 6-3, 10-8
6) Robert Gittings (OC) def. Matt Kavanagh (UST) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
Doubles:
1) Martin Beck & Luke Elifson (UST) def. Ian Paik & Jeremy Lichtmacher (OC) 8-5
2) Matt Kavanagh & Scott Wall (UST) def. Lam Cohen & Stephen Gruppuso (OC) 8-6
3) Levi Kimmel & Michael Drougas (OC) def. Burke Anderson & Tom Runde (UST) 8-4

The Tommies scored a 9-0 win over Earlham on Monday.

UST Men def. Earlham College 9-0
Singles:
1) Luke Elifson (UST) def. Vitali Stadnyk (EC) 6-3, 1-1, default
2) Scott Wall (UST) def. Adarsh Singh (EC) 6-2, 4-0, default
3) Burke Anderson (UST) def. Fer Bulnes (EC) 1-6, 2-2, default
4) Martin Beck (UST) def. Voja Tatarevic (EC) 4-5, default
5) Tom Runde (UST) def. Aleks Sergeev (EC) 6-1, 3-0, default
6) Matt Kavanagh (UST) def. Joaquin Lerner (EC) 6-6 (4-2), default
Doubles:
1) Martin Beck & Luke Elifson (UST) def. Vitali Stadnyk & Voja Tatarevic (EC) 9-8 (7-3)
2) Matt Kavanagh & Scott Wall (UST) def. Aleks Sergeev & Nico Manni (EC) 8-6
3) Burke Anderson & Tom Runde (UST) def. Fer Bulnes & Oliver Daniel (EC) 8-1
 

Monday/Women

St. Thomas scored a 9-0 win over UW-Oshkosh on Monday to climb to 11-0 on the season. Taylor McLeod won at first doubles with Paige McLeod and also won at No. 5 singles.

UST Women def. UW-Oshkosh 9-0
Singles:
1) Jenna Zimmerman (UST) def. Briley Sagen (UWOK) 6-2, 6-1
2) Caitlin Bakke (UST) def. Alyssa Leffler (UWOK) 4-6, 6-0, 10-2
3) Paige Becher (UST) def. Hannah Peters (UWOK) 6-0, 6-0
4) Jenna Czarnecki (UST) def. Lesley Kutnink (UWOK) 7-5, 6-1
5) Taylor McLeod (UST) def. Sammi Koppa (UWOK) 6-1, 6-4
6) Jessie O'Brien (UST) def. Monien Micoliczyk (UWOK) 6-0, 6-0
Doubles:
1) Paige McLeod & Taylor McLeod (UST) def. Briley Sagen & Hannah Peters (UWOK) 9-7
2) Caitlin Bakke & Jenna Zimmerman (UST) def. Alyssa Leffler & Sammi Koppa (UWOK) 8-1
3) Audra Hoffman & Lauren Keller (UST) def. Ashlee Polema & Lesley Kutnink (UWOK) 8-3

 

Sunday story

St. Thomas Tennis started its spring-break trip in Hilton Head, S.C., with two hard-fought wins over competitive teams from Connecticut College. The women edged CC, 5-4, while the men won, 7-2.

The men started the match off strong and were carried by play at the top of the lineup. After sweeping the three doubles matches, Scott Wall gave the Toms a 4-0 lead with a straight-set win at No. 2 singles. Luke Elifson sealed the match shortly thereafter, also winning in straight sets first singles. Elifson (4-0) and Wall (5-0) are both are undefeated this season in singles play. 

The women's match saw Connecticut College take a 4-3 lead with two singles matches remaining. Taylor McLeod tied the match at 4-4, coming back to win a Super Tiebreaker after dropping her first set. The only match remaining on court was Jessie O'Brien at No. 6 singles, and she prevailed to win 6-2, 6-4.

UST assistant Ted Lauer said Connecticut College "competes in arguably the toughest conference in D3 tennis, the NESCAC, which includes the defending NCAA men's champions, Bowdoin College, and seven other nationally-ranked teams. The women's conference has six nationally-ranked teams."

 

UST Women def. Connecticut College 5-4

 

Singles:

1) Alehsandra Drljea (CC) def. Jenna Zimmerman (UST) 6-2, 6-3

2) Emily Migliorini (CC) def. Caitlin Bakke (UST) 6-4, 6-2

3) Paige Becher (UST) def. Steph Simon (CC) 6-1, 6-1

4) Anjelica Warren (CC) def. Jenna Czarnecki (UST) 6-4, 6-4

5) Taylor McLeod (UST) def. Moriah Warren (CC) 2-6, 6-4, 10-5

6) Jessie O'Brien (UST) def. Adrienne Sieverdry (CC) 6-2, 6-4

 

Doubles:

1) Paige McLeod & Taylor McLeod (UST) def. Emily Migliorini & Steph Simon (CC) 8-6

2) Caitlin Bakke & Jenna Zimmerman (UST) def. Anjelica Warren & Moriah Warren (CC) 6-4, 6-4

3) Alehsandra Drljea & Brinley Bartlett (CC) def. Paige Becher & Jenna Czarnecki (UST) 8-6

 

UST Men def. Connecticut College 7-2

 

Singles:

1) Luke Elifson (UST) def. Daniel Moffa (CC) 6-3, 6-3

2) Scott Wall (UST) def. Will Cannon (CC) 6-3, 6-2

3) Ben Sachs (CC) def. Burke Anderson (UST) 4-6, 6-4, 10-6

4) Martin Beck (UST) def. Scott Brown (CC) 6-3, 7-6(4)

5) Pat Farrell (CC) def. Tom Runde (UST) 1-6, 6-4, 10-8

6) Sterling Sibley (UST) def. Will Feigrt (CC) 6-2, 6-3

 

Doubles:

1) Martin Beck & Luke Elifson (UST) def. Daniel Moffa & Will Cannon (CC) 8-6

2) Matt Kavanagh & Scott Wall (UST) def. Charlie Williams & Ben Sachs (CC) 8-6

3) Burke Anderson & Tom Runde (UST) def. Pat Farrell & Jonny Cassel (CC) 8-4