HILO, Hawaii – The Carleton College men’s tennis team wrapped up the competition portion of its visit to the Big Island by taking on the University of Hawaii-Hilo, a regionally-ranked NCAA Division II program. Four of the matches were extremely close, but the Vulcans were able to take advantage of their home court advantage to secure a 9-0 decision.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to play a school the caliber of University of Hawaii-Hilo,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel. “Our guys competed very well, and this experience will pay big dividends as we head into the outdoor season back in Minnesota.”
Carleton’s Ezra Frankel (Sr./Lincoln, Mass./Belmont Hill School) and Aaron Goodman (So./Minneapolis, Minn./St. Louis Park) built an 8-7 lead at first doubles only to end up on the wrong end of a tiebreaker score of 9-8 (7-5). UHH had an easier time securing victories at the other two doubles spots.
Regionally-ranked singles players earned the straight-set victories for the Vulcans at top two slots in the singles lineup to seal the team victory, but the Knights refused to go down without a fight.
Patton McClelland (Sr./Rock Hill, S.C./Charlotte Latin School) took the third singles match to a super tiebreaker before sustaining his first loss of the season by a 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 10-3 tally. Goodman sent the fourth singles matchup to a third set before eventually falling 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Sahil Chhugani (Fy./Rochester, Minn./Century) nearly forced a third set in his singles contest before dropping the second set tiebreaker 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
The Knights will return to campus for the start of spring term next week and resume MIAC play when Carleton visits Concordia College on Saturday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m.