OWATONNA, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s tennis team dropped a 5-4 decision to Grinnell College in a matchup of regionally-ranked squads. Erik Johnson (So./Grand Forks, N.D./Red River) and McCoy Becker (Sr./Ojai, Calif./Thacher School) again notched victories in both singles and doubles action.
The Knights (2-2) entered play ranked No. 10 in the central region, while the Pioneers (6-1) were listed at No. 15. Carleton got an early point with an 8-5 triumph from Johnson and Becker at first doubles but then lost the other two matches by identical 8-3 margins. Upon moving to singles action, Grinnell was able to split the six matches and left Minnesota with the team victory.
“With their electrifying doubles play, Erik and McCoy can wreak as much havoc as an inch of snow in Atlanta,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel.
Johnson improved to 3-0 in singles matches this season with his 7-5, 6-3 win at first singles. Becker likewise remains undefeated in 2014 as he prevailed by a 7-6, 6-2 result. Carleton’s other victory came at sixth singles as Ezra Frankel (Fy./Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill School) rallied from a set down to win 4-6, 6-3 and 10-7.
"Ezra's game was as secure as my ‘Target’ credit card information in the first set, but I was impressed with his ability to come back and find a way to win in the third set tiebreaker," Zeifel said.
Carleton will return to the MIAC schedule and face Concordia College on Saturday, Feb. 22. The Knights then travel to take on NCAA Division II program St. Cloud State University the following afternoon.