Women’s tennis undefeated in the Midwest Conference

Kyle Nodarse

The women’s tennis team closed out their regular season with a bang this past week. Their last match before tournament play was against an LU rival, Ripon. Lawrence entered the day at 7-0 in conference play, with Ripon posting a 1-3 record, having already been eliminated from team championships.
The Lady Vikes came out fast in doubles, with freshman Elizabeth Larson teaming up with senior Lisa Ritland to win the no. 1 doubles fight 8-0. Seniors Hanah McCarthy and Tara Lahtinen, as well as seniors Emily Dalton and Emma Kent, teamed up to win the other two doubles matches 8-1 and 8-2.
With confidence heading into singles play, Larson, Dalton and Kent all opened up with a 6-0 first set. The women did not drop a set, although Lahtinen played a close match, coming out victorious 7-5, 6-4. The singles play gave the Lawrence women the 9-0 sweep, setting them at 4-0 in the North Division, and leaving them an undefeated 8-0 in conference play.
This weekend is the Midwest Conference Tournament held in Madison, Wis. Friday is the team tournament, with the Lawrence women opening up play against Monmouth, and Saturday and Sunday are singles and doubles.