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Knights Open New Year in Convincing Style

January 28, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Photo gallery by Brian Ta – coming soon

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s tennis team posted a 7-2 triumph over the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the 2012 opener for both squads. The Knights got off to a great start as the doubles tandem of senior Dan Vollman (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park River Forest) and rookie Andrew Hwang (Fy./Brookfield, Wis./University School) upset the No. 7 doubles team in the central region.

Vollman and Wang were aggressive in posting a 9-7 triumph over the pairing of Nick Piotrowski and Peter Stadum. "I was very impressed with Dan and Andrew in their upset win,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel. “The last time I saw such aggressive risk taking was when they ate a hot dog from a gas station convenience store."

Carleton’s second doubles pairing of Austin Jiang (Jr./Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) and Avery Rux (Fy./Austin, TX/Home School) had an easier time posting an 8-1 victory. The Eagles got their first point with an 8-6 win at third doubles.

In a matchup of regionally-ranked players, No. 28 Piotrowski notched UW-L’s other tally with a 6-4, 6-4 win to edge No. 16 Hwang atop the singles lineup.

Carleton, which is ranked No. 10 in the Central Region, won the other five singles matches in pretty convincing fashion. Rux picked up a 6-1, 6-0 victory at second singles, and Vollman was nearly as dominant with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph at the third spot.

"Although Avery looked like a blind-folded five-year old swinging at a piñata during practice earlier this week, he played some inspired and intelligent tennis once he knew the cameras were rolling," Zweifel said.

Jiang, Matthew Ta (Fy./Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley), and Nelson Wolf (So./Faibault, Minn./Shattuck-St. Mary's School) also notched straight set wins.

Next weekend the Knights travel to America’s Dairyland for a pair of matches. Carleton faces University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Saturday, Feb. 4 followed by a Sunday morning get-together with UW-Green Bay, an NCAA Division I program.