Oles return to winning ways in Hilton Head
March 21, 2012
HILTON HEAD, S.C.- The St. Olaf men's tennis bounced back from their first defeat of the spring by defeating Nebraska Wesleyan University 9-0 on Wednesday morning.
The Oles (6-1, 2-0 MIAC) claimed the comfortable victory over the Prairie Wolves (0-11) after an especially strong showing in singles play. St. Olaf dropped a total of 13 games in twelve sets, as they collected six straight-sets victories. Two Oles, Jon Foss and Charlie Reinertsen, won both their singles and doubles matches.
Coach Scott Nesbit altered his singles line-up against Nebraska Wesleyan, giving players chances at different spots in the line-up as well as giving some fresher faces an opportunity to play. First-year Stephen Nolan got his first taste of the top of the line-up and topped Nate Hoppe 6-0, 6-1. Andy Catania stepped up to the second spot and did not drop a game against Jordan Barrett. After three tough losses, Reinertsen rebounded to claim his fourth win of the year. Foss, like Nolan, won his fourth match in a row, dropping just two games in the process. First-years Matt Christensen and Nico Gibb also featured against the Prairie Wolves. Christensen won his second match 6-3, 6-1, while Gibb made a successful singles debut by losing just one game against Seth Peters.
Nolan and Catania did not see doubles action for the Oles, but St. Olaf also claimed the three doubles matches. In their first match as a pair this spring, Knute Gundersen and John Wight swept past Hoppe and Ryan McCarty 8-0. NWU's team of Seth Shimerda and Jordan Barrett hung with Jon Foss and Jack Dutton for the most part, but Foss and Dutton claimed their third straight win with a 8-6 victory. Reinertsen and Ryan Abdella defeated Carey Haefele and Seth Peters 8-5 at third doubles for their second win in three matches. As a team, St. Olaf has now won 18 of 21 doubles matches this spring.
On Thursday morning, the Oles face Allegheny College (PA) in the penultimate match of their spring break trip to Hilton Head. The Gators are 5-5 so far this spring and have lost their first three matches in Hilton Head to Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Carleton, and St. Thomas, respectively.