Strong doubles performances help women’s tennis beat St. Scholastica 6-3

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The St. Thomas women’s tennis team defeated St. Scholastica 6-3 Sunday at home.

Senior captain Madeline Gail said she anticipated a close match from a strong team.

“We just knew we had to go out with a positive attitude and just be aggressive right away,” Gail said.

Senior Katie Branflick said the team has had close matches comparable to this one.

“St. Scholastica came out and gave us a great match,” Branflick said “We came to play. Definitely showed our game and got the victory.”

Wins in all three doubles games set the tone of the match.

“Our doubles carried us through, and then we just needed a couple singles matches to seal the deal,” Branflick said.

Freshman Anna Wright contributed to the team’s victory with a 6-2, 6-3 win.

“I like to run people around, so I had a lot of short balls and angles,” Wright said.

Although senior captain Alex Frank lost her No. 1 singles match, she stressed that she was glad the women were able to win as a team.

“I’m a little bummed that I lost, but that’s why I have my other teammates,” Frank said. “Their wins made us win today.”

This was the team’s last game in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex. Frank said playing in the fieldhouse gave St. Thomas a big advantage because the team was used to it, although other teams in the conference don’t want to play St. Thomas on the surface.

Peck said the women are working hard and seem to to be getting better each week.

“The team’s really pulling together,” Peck said.

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