OWATONNA, Minn. — Victories by Mauricio Gonzalez (Jr./La Paz, Bolivia/American Cooperative School) and Christian Nagy (So./Fairway, Kan./Pembroke Hill School) in both singles and doubles propelled the Carleton College men’s tennis team to victory. The 9-0 triumph over Concordia lifted the Knights( 3-2, 2-0 MIAC) to the top spot in the conference standings.
Nagy and Patton McClelland (Fy./Rock Hill, S.C./Charlotte Latin School) led Carleton’s sweep of doubles with an 8-3 result atop the lineup.
“Christian and Patton were rushing the net n doubles like was the stage at a Beyoncé concert,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel.
Gonzalez and Richard Yeker (So./Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Adlai E Stevenson) added an 8-4 win at the second slot, with Philip Xiao (Jr./Chino Hills, Calif./Troy) and Christian Purnell (Fy./Portland, Ore./The Academy) notching an 8-2 win at third doubles.
Upon moving to singles, Gonzalez, Nagy, Nelson Wolf (Sr./Faibault, Minn./Shattuck-St. Mary's School), Nikita Fomichev (Fy./Elkhorn, Neb./Elkhorn South), and Mark Conrad (Fy./Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) all posted straight-set triumphs.
Ben Huang (Jr./Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) recovered after dropping the second set at fifth singles and captured the match by a 6-4, 4-6, 10-2 tally.
“Ben’s ‘A-game’ was a little off at the beginning of his match,” Zweifel said. “Fortunately, there are 25 other letters in the alphabet.”
The Knights will look to break their cycle of alternating wins with losses as they travel to face St. Cloud State University, a NCAA Division II program, on Sunday, Feb. 23.