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2004 Men's Record: 2-2 MIAC / 2-2 Overall
2004 Women's Record: 2-2 MIAC / 2-2 Overall
Last Week's Matches:
Sat., March 6: Bethel 5, SMU women 4 / Details
Sat., March 6: Carleton 9, SMU women 0 / Details
Sat., March 6: SMU men 6, Bethel 3 / Details
Sun., March 7: Carleton 9, SMU men 0 / Details
Upcoming Matches:
Tues., March 9: SMU men vs. UW-L, 5 p.m.
Thurs., March 11: SMU women vs. UW-L, 3:30 p.m.
Sat., March 13: SMU women vs. Concordia,
11 a.m.
Sat., March 13: SMU women vs.
Martin Luther, 3:30 p.m.
Sat., March 13: SMU men vs. Concordia, 3 p.m.
Sun., March 14: SMU men at St. Thomas 11 a.m.
Sun., March 14: SMU women at St. Thomas,
11 a.m.
Same strong effort, different result, as SMU men go 1-1

WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary's University men's tennis team played nearly as well Sunday afternoon against regionally ranked Carleton as they did the day before against Bethel.

Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the end result certainly didn't show that.

Just 24 hours after picking up their second Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win with a 6-3 triumph over Bethel on Saturday, SMU was handed a 9-0 setback by the Knights Sunday at the SMU Tennis Center.

"We ran into a buzzsaw today," said SMU coach Jeff Halberg. "Carleton is ranked eighth in the region, and they showed us why.

"We put up a good battle, but they were too talented and too deep."

The Knights dropped just one set in sweeping the six singles matches, as Tyler Stevenson (Neenah, Wis.) took William Holmes to three sets before falling 1-6, 6-1, 10-3 at No. 1 singles.

"It was a tough loss, but I'm confident this group will bounce back," said Halberg. "This is a talented group, and this was nothing more than a bump in the road for them."

Stevenson, Mark Leeder (Greenfield, Wis.), Tony Miller (Rochester, Minn.) and Adam Solseth (Shakopee, Minn.) were all straight-set singles winners for the Cardinals in their 6-3 triumph over Bethel, while Stevenson and Leeder teamed for an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, and Solseth and Andrew Pamperin (Menomonie, Wis.) picked up an 8-5 victory at No. 3 doubles.

"The men played a really solid match," Halberg said of his team's effort vs. the Royals. "They never really let (Bethel) get into the match."

The SMU women's team entered last Saturday's matches riding a season-opening two-match winning streak.

When the final point was decided, however, the Cardinals were no longer unbeaten — and they also found themselves in the midst of a two-match losing streak.

Bethel picked up three singles wins and a pair of doubles victories in slipping past the Cardinals 5-4, while Carleton — facing a worn out SMU team — cruised to a 9-0 MIAC win later in the day.

Ashley Meschke (Pequot Lakes, Minn.), Liz Hilke (Baraboo, Wis.) and Jennifer Cochran (Winona, Minn.) all picked up straight-set singles wins, while Cochran and Christina Tobin (Oak Park, Ill.) teamed for an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles.

Nothing seemed to go right for SMU vs. Carleton, as the Knights won all six singles matches in straight sets, and swept the three doubles matches, not giving up more than four points in any of the three.

"The women played very well against Bethel — it was one of those matches that easily could have gone either way," said Halberg. "We just didn't have anything left in the tank (against Carleton). We just ran out of gas, plain and simple."