WINONA, Minn. – Six days after sustaining its first setback of the season, the Carleton College men’s tennis team bounced back with a 7-2 triumph over the Red Men of Carthage College.
At first doubles, Dan Vollman (Sr./Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park River Forest) and Andrew Hwang (Fy./Brookfield, Wis./University School) gave Carthage’s regionally-ranked tandem of Jeff Lotz and Daneric Hazelman all it could handle. The Knights pushed the match to the limit, eventually falling, 9-8.
Carleton’s other duos had an easier time. Peter Dunn (Sr./Winnetka, Ill./North Shore Country Day) and Paul Cooper (Jr./Burr Ridge, Ill./Hinsdale Central) prevailed 8-3 at second doubles, while the pairing of Avery Rux (Fy./Austin, Texas/Home School) and Austin Jiang (Jr./Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) cruised to an 8-0 win at the final doubles spot.
"Austin and Avery's performance in doubles was as theatrical and bewildering as the Madonna halftime show at the Superbowl last weekend, yet at just a fraction of the cost,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel.
The singles results followed pre-match expectations. Lotz, the No. 23 player in the nation and No. 5 in the central region prevailed over Dunn, 6-1 and 6-4 atop the lineup. At the next spot, Hwang—ranked No. 16 in the region—received a strong challenge from Hazelman but proved victorious by scores of 7-5 and 6-4.
The Carleton depth was too much for Carthage the rest of the way as Rux, Vollman, Jiang, and Cooper recorded straight-set victories.
"This was our fourth match in a row against a strong Wisconsin school,” Zweifel said. “We have enjoyed being part of the cultural exchange program aimed at fostering closer ties between the neighboring states, and are finally beginning to understand the Wisconsin dialect."
The Knights will travel for a pair of road matches next Sunday, Feb. 19. But for the first time this season Carleton will play teams from Minnesota as the Knights will face Saint John’s University at 12:00 p.m. followed by a 3:00 p.m. match against St. Cloud State University, a NCAA Division II program.