Viking women finish 5th

Phil Roy

The Lawrence women’s tennis team competed in the Conference Doubles and Singles Championships held in Madison last weekend.
The Vikings finished third in the North Division, one win short of making it to the Conference Team Championships held this weekend.
Viking No. 1 Susan Klumpner was knocked out of the main bracket but fought through the consolation bracket to take the consolation title.
No. 2 Hanah McCarthy “bagled” her first opponent before falling in a three-set semifinal encounter. Lisa Ritland took the consolation title at the No. 3 spot, No. 4 Tara Lahtinen had two wins before falling in the semifinals, and No. 6 Gulsan Inal made it to the quarterfinal stage.
Emily Dalton, who Lawrence’s No. 5 spot, rolled through her first two opponents before dropping the decisive third set to the eventual champion at that position.
In doubles action Saturday, Lawrence’s No. 1 and 3 pairs lost in the second round, and the No. 2 duo of McCarthy and Lahtinen fell in the semifinals.
The Vikings piled up 38 points to give them the fifth-place finish, 10 more than Carroll College, who took sixth in the overall rankings.
First-year coach Ross Anderson ends his first season with an impressive 9-6 record (2-2 MWC).
The Vikings will return all their starters at the No. 1-6 singles positions next year and all but one of its starters in doubles competition.