Strong start in doubles spurs men's tennis to win over Hamline
March 2, 2013
OWATONNA, Minn.- The St. Olaf men's tennis team used a strong start in doubles to win their third straight match with a 8-1 win over Hamline on Friday night at Owatonna Indoor Tennis Center.
The Oles (3-1, 2-0 MIAC) picked up three doubles wins and five straight-set singles wins in the match. Hamline (2-3, 0-1 MIAC) got its lone win from David Croonquist, who stayed undefeated at first singles this year.
St. Olaf got off to 3-0 leads in each of the three doubles matches and rode them to comfortable wins. The teams of Stephen Nolan and Andy Catania and Keenan Gladd-Brown and Ben Carlson each picked up 8-2 wins at first and third doubles, respectively. Meanwhile, Charlie Reinertsen and Joey Kronzer defeated Nathan Tretsven and Sam Peterson 8-3 at second doubles to move to 3-1 on the year.
Outside of the first singles match between Croonquist and Catania, the Oles controlled singles play too. Stephen Nolan and Joey Kronzer leveled their season records at 2-2 with wins over Trestven and Derek Lutz. Reinertsen improved to 3-1 with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Dylan Sperry at fourth singles. Mike Schroder earned his first win by also dropping just one game against Peterson. At fifth singles, Nico Gibb won his fourth straight match to start the year with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Jesse Bragg.
In the closest match of the night, Croonquist outlasted Catania 7-6 (0), 2-6, 10-7 at number one singles. After a tightly-contested opening 12 games, Croonquist, who had been up a break 2-0, ran through the tie-breaker 7-0. However, Catania bounced back by winning the first five games of the second set and won it 6-2. In the super tie-breaker, Catania got off to an early 3-2 lead but then Croonquist took control before claiming it 10-7.
St. Olaf plays St. Thomas on Saturday, March 9 in Owatonna at 1:30 pm. The Tommies were picked to finish third in the MIAC, one spot ahead of the Oles.