NORTHFIELD, Minn. — The Carleton College men’s tennis team posted an 8-1 triumph at St. Olaf College on Thursday, spoiling the hosts’ first match on their new outdoor courts. The Oles had not played a home, on-campus outdoor match in nearly two years due to re-surfacing of the Carlson Tennis Courts.
The afternoon began with the Knights sweeping the doubles contests. Paul Cooper (Sr./Burr Ridge, Ill./Hinsdale Central) and Andrew Hwang (So./Brookfield, Wis./University School) picked up an 8-6 decision at first doubles. Alex Chin (Sr./Hingham, Mass./Hingham) and Austin Jiang (Sr./Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) dispatched of their second doubles opponents by a convincing 8-2 margin. Erik Johnson (Fy./Grand Forks, N.D./Red River) and Christian Nagy (Fy./Fairway, Kans./Pembroke Hill School) combined for an 8-4 result at the third slot.
"Earlier this season, Paul and Andrew were working together about as well as a bottle of Nyquil and operating heavy equipment,” saic Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel. “But the last few weeks have seen some inspired play from these two workhorses on the team."
McCoy Becker (Jr./Ojai, Calif./Thacher School) competed for the first time in nearly three weeks and notched a 6-0, 6-0 victory in singles. His performance did not go unnoticed. "McCoy's return to the singles lineup today was as jaw dropping as the infamous swan dress that Bjork wore to the Oscars in 2001," said Zweifel.
Jiang, Cooper, and Hwang also won in straight sets, while Johnson rallied from a set down to win his singles match 4-6, 6-3 and 10-5.
The victory secures at least a top-four see in the MIAC Playoffs with a chance for the Knights to move up to the second seed depending on a pair of weekend matches. Carleton holds its first home outdoor match of the spring on Saturday, April 27 when it hosts Saint John’s University at 12:00 p.m. The Knights then face University of St. Thomas on Sunday, April 28.