WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Dartmouth women’s tennis senior co-captain Kristina Mathis made her NCAA singles debut on Wednesday, falling to Northwestern’s Erin Larner, 6-2, 6-4, in the Round of 64 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
After dropping the first set, this year’s Ivy League Player of the Year got off to a good start in the second, leading early on by a score of 3-2. After Larner took the lead, Mathis’ ace tied things up at 4-4, but Larner took the next two games to win the match and advance to the next round.
“It was really exciting for Kristina to compete with the country’s best players and to represent Dartmouth at NCAAs today,” head coach Bob Dallis said. “She played a solid match and showed great determination in battling back in the second set, but she came up just a little short against a tough opponent who didn’t give much away. Qualifying for NCAAs and being named Ivy Player of the Year was the perfect culmination of an outstanding career for Kristina. She really helped take Dartmouth tennis to new heights and the team will miss her a lot.”
The 109th-ranked Big Green player concluded her collegiate career by going 23-14 overall in singles throughout 2017-18.
“I am very thankful for these four incredible years of playing for Dartmouth,” Mathis said. “I want to thank my coaches for helping me grow and everyone at Dartmouth for giving me the wonderful experience of being able to compete in the sport I will love forever.”
No. 38 Larner (Northwestern) def. No. 109 Mathis (Dartmouth), 6-2, 6-4