WINONA, Minn. Jeff Halberg has waited all season for his Saint Mary's University women's tennis team to fire on all cylinders.
Sunday afternoon, the Cardinals did just that.
The Cardinals won five of the six singles matches in straight sets, and easily swept all three doubles matches en route to a 9-0 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over Concordia at the SMU Tennis Center.
"The ladies really put in an impressive performance," said Halberg, whose team has now won three straight posting its second 9-0 sweep of the season. "They started off with three solid wins in doubles and then just got better and better in the singles matches.
"I knew they had this type of performance in them it's nice to finally see it come out on the court."
Lisa Thompson (Lake City, Minn.) was the only Cardinal not to win in straight sets, as the senior rallied from one set down to beat Annie Styba 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-6 at No. 2 singles. SMU did not lose more than four games in any of the other 10 singles sets.
"Lisa had a tough match at No. 2 singles, but she just stuck with it and battled to the win," said Halberg . "She summed up the day pretty well when she said, 'I was just too stubborn to lose, coach.'
"I couldn't have said it better."