MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Buoyed by Philip Xiao’s (So./Chino Hills, CA/Troy) return to the starting lineup, the Carleton College men’s tennis team posted a decisive 9-0 victory over Concordia College-Moorhead. The match was played at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center.
The Knights improved to 4-0 in MIAC action and 9-3 overall as they faced an opponent for the first time since returning from their spring break trip to California. Carleton swept the doubles matches today, then dropped a total of 12 games in winning all six singles matches in straight sets.
Alex Chin (Sr./Hingham, Mass./Hingham) and Austin Jiang (Sr./Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) prevailed 8-3 at first doubles, followed by an impressive 8-1 triumph at second doubles by McCoy Becker (Jr./Ojai, Calif./Thacher School) and Erik Johnson (Fy./Grand Forks, N.D./Red River). First-years Christian Nagy (Fairway, Kans./Pembroke Hill School) and Richard Yeker (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Adlai E Stevenson) won 8-6 in the other match.
"Our No. 2 doubles team was a treat to watch,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel. “McCoy and Erik cover more ground during a doubles point than a pair of terriers looking for a place to pee at a dog park."
In singles, Chin won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles, lifting his season record to 9-1. Paul Cooper (Sr./Burr Ridge, Ill./Hinsdale Central) defeated his opponent by a 6-1, 6-3 margin. Becker and Johnson posted dominating results at the third and fourth slots, dropping a total of three games between them. Nelson Wolf (Jr./Faibault, Minn./Shattuck-St. Mary's School) won 6-3 and 6-0 in the fifth spot.
Xiao recorded the most dominating performance of the afternoon, blanking his foe by a 6-1, 6-0 score.
"Philip had an impressive debut in our singles lineup,” Zweifel said. “His forehand winners were as frequent as a Taylor Swift break-up song."
The Knights put their unblemished conference mark on the line when they face Hamline University on Sunday, April 7.