Regionally-ranked Knights overpower Ole men in first outdoor match
April 25, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- In their first outdoor match of the spring, the St. Olaf men's tennis team was defeated 8-1 by No. 8 Carleton in a MIAC match on Thursday afternoon at Carlson Courts.
Stephen Nolan's win at second singles was the lone point for St. Olaf (5-5, 4-3 MIAC). Paul Cooper, Andrew Hwang, Austin Jiang, and Erik Johnson each won in singles and doubles for Carleton (12-5, 6-1 MIAC).
Nolan ground out his third win in a row, as he defeated Alexander Chin 6-3, 7-6. The Ole sophomore trailed 5-3 in the second set but came back to force a tie-breaker, which he won 7-4. Nolan leads St. Olaf in MIAC singles wins with a 6-1 mark.
The Knights proved to be too strong in the other five singles matches as Carleton got straight set wins from Jiang, Cooper, Hwang, and McCoy Becker. Outside of Nolan's win, the lone Ole to win a set was Ben Carlson, who won the first set of his match against Johnson at sixth singles. However, Johnson recovered from losing the opening set to record a 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 win.
At first singles, Jiang battled by Andy Catania 6-4, 6-2. Catania fell behind 5-2 in the first set but got back to 5-4 before Jiang closed it out for his fifth win at the top spot in the Knight line-up. Cooper, Hwang, and Becker combined to lose just nine games. Carleton is now 32-10 in MIAC singles play this year.
The Knights also improved to 17-4 in conference doubles action by virtue of a doubles sweep. Cooper and Hwang defeated Catania and Nolan 8-6 in a tight match at first doubles. After a close first few games, Jiang and Chin recorded an 8-2 win over Joey Kronzer and Ryan Abdella. Johnson and Christian Nagy were also victorious thanks to an 8-4 win over Charlie Reinertsen and Carlson.
Things do not get any easier for the Oles as they travel to Gustavus on Saturday. The Gusties sit atop the MIAC with an 8-0 conference record and are 21-9 overall. St. Olaf then finishes their conference schedule with a match at Macalester (7-7, 2-4 MIAC) on Tuesday, April 30. The Oles sit fifth in the MIAC at the moment.