Men's tennis drops Saint Mary's
April 12, 2014
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - The St. Olaf men's tennis team brought its win streak to four with a 9-0 victory over Saint Mary's University on Saturday afternoon at the Carlson Courts.
The Oles got off to a fast start by posting wins at all three doubles positions. Nico Gibb and Mike Schroeder won by default after opponent Andrew Johnson was forced to forfeit due to an apparent knee injury. Gibb and Schroeder were ahead 5-2 when Johnson sustained the injury.
In singles, St. Olaf was pushed at the top two positions, but eventually came out on top in both matches. Stephen Nolan cruised to a 6-2 victory in the first set of his match at number one singles, but was downed by an identical 6-2 score in the second set to force a deciding 10-point tiebreaker. However, Nolan recovered to take the breaker by a score of 10-8. Joey Kronzer had a close first set in his match with Saint Mary's Collin Kaczorowski at second singles, but had an easier time in the second to capture a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory.
"I come into matches with a very excited mindset," said Kronzer. "I don't have winning specifically on my mind, but it is often a byproduct of playing a smart, adaptable, level-headed game."
Ben Carlson, Gibb, Matt Christensen and Schroeder were the Ole singles victors.
"These past four wins should motivate us towards a hard-fought contest against Carleton," said Kronzer.
The Oles will take on the crosstown-rival Knights on Wednesday at 4 p.m.