St. Olaf 6, Macalester College 3 (box)

Doubles sweep leads Ole men to MIAC win over Macalester

Michael Abdella
February 26, 2012

OWATONNA, Minn.- A clean sweep of the three doubles matches lead the St. Olaf men's tennis team to a 6-3 MIAC win over Macalester on Friday night at Owatonna Indoor Tennis Center.

The win was the second straight conference win of the year for the men, as the squad moves to 3-0 on the year overall. Seniors John Wight and Knute Gundersen, as well as junior Charlie Reinertsen each won both their singles and doubles matches for the Oles.

The doubles sweep was the key to the victory for St. Olaf. The teams of Wight and Andy Catania, Stephen Nolan and Gundersen, and John Foss and Reinertsen each came out on top of their matches against the Scots. Although Catania had battled illness all week, he and Wight cruised to an 8-0 win against Stephen Tyndel and Lewis Wilcox at first doubles. The win was the third straight for Catania and Wight to start the year. The third doubles match between Foss and Reinertsen and Max Edwards and Max Soghikian came down to the wire but the St. Olaf duo came out on top by winning a tiebreaker 7-2. St. Olaf has not dropped any of the nine doubles matches they have played.

The Oles and Scots split the six singles matches, as St. Olaf got wins from Wight, Gundersen, and Reinertsen. Wight played his best offensive match of the year and dropped just one game against Fowler at the top spot. Gundersen picked up a straight set victory over Tyndel at second singles 6-1, 6-4. At fifth singles, Reinertsen gutted out the first set in a tie-breaker 8-6 before winning the second set 6-2. Wight and Reinertsen are each 3-0 on the year. Foss suffered his first loss of the year at third singles to Evan Elderbrock, while Stephen Nolan retired with a wrist injury. Ryan Abdella fell to Max Soghikian in his first singles action of the year in two close 6-4 sets.

St. Olaf's next match is on Saturday, March 3 when the squad faces UW-La Crosse in Owatonna at 6:30 pm. Last April, the Oles defeated the Eagles 6-3 to end the Eagles' 13 match winning streak.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.