St. Olaf 8, UW-Concordia 1 (box)

Men's tennis wins first match of Hilton Head trip

Michael Abdella
March 19, 2012

HILTON HEAD, S.C.- In their first match of five in consecutive days, the St. Olaf men's tennis team defeated Concordia University Wisconsin 8-1 on Monday afternoon.

The Oles' Andy Catania sat out with a tight wrist, but St. Olaf still had enough to top the Falcons. Jon Foss and first-year Matt Christensen, in his first action of the year, each won in both singles and doubles play to lead the way for the Oles.

In singles play, St. Olaf played its normal line-up with the exception of the injured Catania and dropped just one match. Winning for the Oles were Knute Gundersen, John Wight, Foss, Stephen Nolan, and Christensen. Gundersen returned to the top spot and earned a hard-fought win over Brian Tresedder. Gundersen and Tresedder split the first two sets, each winning one 6-3 before Gundersen won the super tie-breaker 12-10. Gundersen won his third match in a row by playing what Wight called "clutch tennis" in the tie-breaker. Wight and Foss each earned convincing straight set victories at second and fourth singles. Neither Nolan or Christensen dropped a single game in cruising to wins at fifth and sixth singles. The lone Falcon win came at third singles, where Russell Johnson narrowly topped Charlie Reinertsen 6-2, 1-6, 10-6.

Earlier, the Oles had swept the doubles matches despite not playing their top three doubles players, as Catania was joined on the sidelines by Gundersen and Wight. Reinertsen and Ryan Abdella played first doubles and defeated Tresedder and Skip Turner 8-4. The two were paired together for the first time this spring after going 3-2 last year at third doubles. The teams of Foss and Jack Dutton and Christensen and Nico Gibb also earned wins for St. Olaf. Christensen and Gibb defeated Tanner Hahn and Nathan Hoeppner 8-5 in the first doubles match of their Ole careers.

The win moves the Oles to 5-0, 2-0 MIAC for the spring, while the Falcons fall to 0-7. St. Olaf faces Hobart College (NY) at 12:30 tomorrow afternoon in their second match at Hilton Head. Hobart is 6-2 this spring and defeated UW-Concordia 9-0 on Sunday.

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