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No. 38 Knights corral Coe for 20th win of season

April 14, 2019 at 3:05 pm
Jordon O'Kelly
Jordon O'Kelly
Photo: Dave Pape

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s tennis team used a strong start to earn a sweep in doubles, results that propelled the No. 38-ranked Knights to a 7-2 victory over regionally-ranked Coe College. This marked Carleton’s 20th win of the year, the ninth time over the last 18 seasons that the squad has achieved that benchmark.

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Carleton Men’s Tennis - Most wins since 2002

23-3 in 2015
21-4 in 2006
21-4 in 2008
21-5 in 2012
21-4 in 2018
20-4 in 2004
20-3 in 2007
20-4 in 2010
20-2 in 2019


“We knew we needed a quick start against a quality team like Coe,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel, “and we responded by tearing through our doubles with the speed of a positron in a particle accelerator."

Coe (15-8) entered the match ranked No. 13 in the Central Region and qualified for each of the last seven NCAA Championships. The Knights (20-2) were unfazed by that résumé and defeated the Kohawks for the first time since 2012.

Carleton’s nationally-ranked doubles tandem of Jordon O'Kelly (Sr./Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) and Leo Vithoontien (So./Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) bested their regionally ranked counterparts, 8-4, at the top spot. Aaron Goodman (Sr./Minneapolis, Minn./St. Louis Park) and Xander Zuczek (So./Westerly, R.I./St. Bernard) prevailed in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-2); and the duo of Sahil Chhugani (Jr./Rochester, Minn./Century) and Jonas Lindholm-Uzzi (Jr./Germantown, N.Y./Red Hook) improved to 5-0 on the season with their 8-5 win at the third slot.

Straight-set singles wins by Vithoontien, Zuczek, and Xander Roti (Fy./Locust Valley, N.Y./Friends Academy) secured the team result. Vithoontien rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 victory, while Zuczek and Roti notched identical 6-2, 6-2 triumphs.

O’Kelly overcame dropping the first set and claimed victory at fifth singles by a 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-2) tally)

“Jordon’s ability to rethink his strategy and chose his shots under pressure is a model for Amazon in their selection of a new headquarters,” said Zweifel.

Already trailing 7-0, Coe was able to get on the scoreboard by winning the final two singles matches of the morning.

UP NEXT FOR THE KNIGHTS
Carleton visits crosstown rival St. Olaf College. That match has been bumped up a day on the schedule and will now be played at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

#8 Carleton College 7, #13 Coe College 2
Singles competition

1. #4 Leo Vithoontien (CAR) def. Josh Pudlo (COEM) 6-0, 6-1
2. Nate Greiner (COEM) def. Aaron Goodman (CAR) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3. Xander Zuczek (CAR) def. Rami Hemaidan (COEM) 6-2, 6-2
4. Xander Roti (CAR) def. Nate Ackert (COEM) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jordon O'Kelly (CAR) def. Bo Wilson (COEM) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-2)
6. Ben Hediger (COEM) def. Lewis White (CAR) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)

Doubles competition
1. #4 Jordon O'Kelly/Leo Vithoontien (CAR) def. #9 Josh Pudlo/Nate Greiner (COEM) 8-4
2. Aaron Goodman/Xander Zuczek (CAR) def. Nate Ackert/Rami Hemaidan (COEM) 8-7 (7-2)
3. Jonas Lindholm-Uzzi/Sahil Chhugani (CAR) def. Bo Wilson/Ben Hediger (COEM) 8-5