St. Olaf 6, UW-La Crosse 3 (box)

Men's tennis tops UW-La Crosse for fourth straight win

Michael Abdella
March 4, 2012

OWATONNA, Minn.- Three Oles won both their singles and doubles matches as the St. Olaf men's tennis team topped the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 6-3 on Saturday night at Owatonna Indoor Tennis Center.

Knute Gundersen, Andy Catania, and Stephen Nolan all picked up two wins a piece in the win over the Eagles. The Oles finish their indoor season undefeated with a 4-0 mark, including two MIAC wins. UW-La Crosse is now 5-6 on the year.

Each of the three doubles matches were tight, but St. Olaf came up with two wins. At first doubles the match between John Wight and Catania and Nick Piotrowski and Peter Stadum went all the way to a tie-breaker. However, the Ole duo ran away with the tie-breaker 7-1 to improve to 4-0 on the year. Gundersen and Nolan teamed up to earn a 8-6 victory over Dante Pitera and Matt Bulger at second doubles, while Jack Dutton and Charlie Reinertsen dropped their match at third doubles. The loss was the first for any St. Olaf doubles team this spring.

With a slim 2-1 advantage heading to singles play, the Oles won four of the six singles matches to seal the win. Winning for St. Olaf were Gundersen, Catania, Jon Foss, and Nolan. Of the wins, the match between Foss and Kick Skanavis was only one that went to a super-breaker.. After splitting the first two sets, Foss dominated the super tie-breaker 10-1. Gundersen and Catania each won close first sets 7-5, before having more straight-forward second sets. At first singles, Wight suffered his first defeat of the spring, falling 6-3, 6-1 to Piotrowski. Reinertsen dropped the first set before coming back to win the second 6-1 to force a super-breaker against Pitera. However, Pitera took the breaker 10-5. Foss, Gundersen, Nolan, Reinertsen, and Wight are all 3-1 thus far.

The squad hosts an alumni match on Saturday morning before traveling to Hilton Head, South Carolina for spring break. There, the Oles will play five matches in five days against colleges from across the country.

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