SMU vs. Hamline
Sat., Feb. 11
Hamline 5, SMU women 4
Hamline 6, SMU men 3

Doubles prove to be double trouble for Cardinals in losses to Pipers

WINONA, Minn. — Hamline left Saint Mary's University tennis coach Jeff Halberg seeing double Saturday afternoon.

And that didn't sit well with the Cardinals' veteran coach.

The Pipers swept all three doubles matches — in both matches — en route to a pair of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victories at the SMU Tennis Center.

Fueled by three doubles wins and victories at No. 4, 5 and 6 singles, Hamline cruised to a 6-3 win over the SMU men, while the Pipers combined their three doubles wins with victories at No. 4 and 5 singles to slip past the SMU women 5.4

Tyler Stevenson (Neenah, Wis.) improved his singles record to 4-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles vs. the Pipers, while Walter Mannino (Chicago, Ill.) and Tony Miller (Shakopee, Minn.) also picked up singles wins — Miller's a 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 triumph at No. 3.

That, however, was all the Cardinals could muster vs. the Pipers.

And it was more of the same for the SMU women, as the Cardinals got singles wins from Ashley Meschke (Pequot Lakes, Minn.), Ann Leeder (Greenfield, Wis.), Val Meschke (Pequot Lakes, Minn.) and Becky Newby (Brookfield, Wis.), but came up one win short in falling to 0-2 on the young season.

"Apparently, we need to work more on our doubles play," said SMU coach Jeff Halberg. "These were two matches that we knew going in could go either way. We just weren't able to get anything going in doubles and that cost us."