HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Getting contributions from up and down the roster, the Carleton College men’s tennis team won for the fifth time in its last six matches, this one a 9-0 result against Buena Vista University. A dozen players took the court for the Knights who were playing their third match over the last three days.
"Although our stamina and melanin levels are being tested in these outdoor matches,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel, “the guys are making amazing improvements to their tennis game on this extended Spring Break trip".
Carleton (7-3) was never seriously threatened, dropping only two games in the three doubles matches and only seven games among the six singles contests.
Leading the way was the first doubles combination of Mauricio Gonzalez (Jr./La Paz, Bolivia/American Cooperative School) and Andrew Hwang (Jr./Brookfield, Wis./University School), who posted an 8-0 result.
"A fantastic performance of lightning-fast reflexes and speed by our juniors at number one doubles,” said Zweifel. “If Mauricio and Andrew moved any faster, they would start to time travel.”
Paul Elbow (Jr./Madison, Wis./Madison East) and Richard Yeker (So./Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Adlai E Stevenson) prevailed at second doubles by an 8-1 margin, a score matched by Philip Xiao (Jr./Chino Hills, Calif./Troy) and Mark Conrad (Fy./Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) at third doubles.
Upon moving to singles, the Beavers were unable to stem the tide as the Knights’ depth overwhelmed their opponents. Christian Nagy (So./Fairway, Kan./Pembroke Hill School) had the toughest time but still prevailed 6-4, 6-0.
Patton McClelland (Fy./Rock Hill, S.C./Charlotte Latin School), Ezra Frankel (Fy./Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill School), and Nelson Wolf (Sr./Faibault, Minn./Shattuck-St. Mary's School) each dropped just one game in winning their singles matches, while Nikita Fomichev (Fy./Elkhorn, Neb./Elkhorn South) and Ben Huang (Jr./Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) posted shutouts.
The 10-match Spring Break marathon continues for Carleton on Monday, March 24 as the Knights face regionally-ranked DePauw University at 12 p.m. and Nebraska Wesleyan at 4 p.m.