Hobart College 6,St. Olaf 3 (box)

Hobart hands men's tennis first loss of spring

Michael Abdella
March 20, 2012

HILTON HEAD, S.C.- Hobart College defeated the St. Olaf men's tennis team 6-3 on Tuesday afternoon to hand the Oles their first setback of the spring.

St. Olaf (5-1, 2-0 MIAC) had started off the year with five straight wins, but it was the Statesmen (7-2) that came out on top to earn their third straight win in Hilton Head. The Oles got singles wins from Jon Foss and Stephen Nolan and a doubles victory from John Wight and Andy Catania but it was not enough.

Hobart opened the afternoon by taking two of the three doubles matches. Alex James and Sam DeLuccia topped Knute Gundersen and Nolan 8-5 at second doubles, while Walter Green and Kevin Bates defeated Charlie Reinertsen and Ryan Abdella 8-2 at third. The lone Ole victory came from Wight and Catania, as the pair earned a 8-5 win over Bruce Grant and Michael Fields. The win was the fifth straight against no defeats for Wight and Catania.

Three of the six singles matches went to match tie-breakers, but Hobart claimed two of them to help secure the win. Wight won the first set of his match against Grant at first singles in a tie-breaker but Grant won the second set before winning the match tie-break 10-4. Knute Gundersen also fell in a match tie-break 10-4 to Sam DeLuccia after the two split the first two sets at second singles. At third singles, Foss claimed a point for the Oles by defeating Alex James 10-5 in a match tie-break after the pair split two close sets. Stephen Nolan was the other singles winner for the Oles as the first-year beat Kevin Bates 6-2, 6-0. Foss and Nolan each picked up their third straight wins and both sit at 5-1 so far this spring. In his return to the singles line-up after a wrist injury, Andy Catania fell in straight sets as did Charlie Reinertsen.

St. Olaf faces Nebraska Wesleyan at 8 on Wendesday morning in the third match of their spring break trip to Hilton Head. The Prairie Wolves are 0-10 this spring and have lost their first three matches in Hilton Head, including defeats to MIAC schools St. Thomas and Carleton.

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