Quartet of Ole men's tennis team named All-MIAC
May 9, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn.- Four members of the St. Olaf men's tennis team earned All-MIAC honors on Tuesday, as the league announced the 2012 MIAC Men's Tennis All-Conference teams on Tuesday. Junior Andy Catania, senior Knute Gundersen, senior John Wight, and first-year Stephen Nolan were named all-conference for singles, while Catania and Wight were also recognized for their doubles play.
Gundersen, Wight, Nolan, and Catania, the team's top four singles players, helped lead the Oles to a 14-4 record overall, including a 7-2 mark in the MIAC. The honors were the first for Gundersen, Nolan, and Catania, while Wight was named All-MIAC for the second time in singles. In the May 3rd poll of Division III men's tennis teams, St. Olaf was ranked sixteenth in the Central region.
Gundersen finished the year with a 9-9 record in singles play, including a 6-3 mark in the MIAC. Gundersen split time between the number one and two spots with Wight and went 4-6 at first singles and 5-3 at second. The senior wrapped up his Ole career by playing some of his best tennis. His season was highlighted by a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Saint John's Fabricio Moncada on April 27th, as he helped the Oles claim third in the conference.
Wight won four of his seven MIAC singles matches en route to a 10-6 overall record this spring. He excelled at second singles, racking up a 7-1 mark. In his last match as an Ole, Wight came back from a set down to defeat Carleton's Avery Rux 1-6, 7-6, 6-3 in the MIAC Playoff semifinals on Saturday. He finishes his St. Olaf career with a 40-21 record in singles, including 22-9 in MIAC matches.
Nolan, a first-year from Newcastle, Australia, had a strong debut season for the Oles. He posted a 15-4 record in singles play and won six of his nine matches in conference play. Nolan featured at each spot in the line-up throughout the year but found a home at third singles, where he won nine of ten matches. From March 3 to April 21, the first-year rattled off 12 singles wins.
At fourth singles, Catania went 9-1 en route to a 13-3 overall singles record for the spring. In addition, the junior won six of his eight MIAC singles matches. Catania's year was highlighted by making it to the quarterfinals of the ITA Men's Tennis Midwest Regional Championships. He also won nine of ten matches from late March until late April, with the lone loss being to Carleton's Austin Jiang. For his career, Catania sports a 22-8 singles record, including a 12-4 record in MIAC play.
Wight and Catania's strong doubles season also saw them recognized as All-MIAC for doubles. The pair spent the season at first doubles for the Oles and compiled a 10-5 record, including an eight-match winning streak to open the season. Wight and Catania also went 4-3 in MIAC play. The duo was ranked as sixteenth-best tandem in the Central region in the May 3rd ITA poll.