GREEN BAY, Wis. – Sometimes Goliath manages to avoid the upset and does indeed beat David… Sunday was one of those days.
Despite spirited play, the Carleton College men’s tennis team proved unable to slay the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, falling 7-0 to the Phoenix, a NCAA Division I program. The match concluded the Knights’ two-day trip into America’s Dairyland.
After the NFL's Packers went 15-1 during the regular season, sports fans in Titletown, USA probably expected to be cheering for their team in today's Super Bowl. Instead, they could now direct their full attention to watching the Knights try to dethrone the UWGB tennis team.
"The trip to Green Bay was a fantastic experience in helping us prepare for our tough upcoming schedule,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel. “It also allowed our seniors to cross off a 'must-see city' on their bucket list."
Green Bay opened the match by sweeping the three doubles matches. The Phoenix then won each of the singles contests in straight sets to complete the shutout.
The Carleton six-player lineup included a pair of native Wisconsinites: first-year Andrew Hwang (Brookfield, Wis./University School) and junior Austin Jiang (Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port).
Dan Vollman (Sr./Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park River Forest) and Hwang came up short 8-4 at first doubles, while Jiang and Avery Rux (Fy./Austin, Texas/Home School) lost by the same score at third doubles.
During singles action, Hwang lost 6-2, 6-1 at second singles, and Jiang came up short 6-0, 7-5 at fifth singles.
"I entered the match feeling like we were in the Iditarod dog sled race with a team of miniature dachshunds. I came away from the match with a new found respect for wiener dogs," said Zweifel.
Carleton will face its fourth straight opponent from Wisconsin when the Knights return to the court on Saturday, Feb. 11 against Carthage College. That match will be played at the Winona (Minn.) Tennis Center.