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Result: W 6-3

Men's Tennis at University of St.Thomas

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 – 12:00 p.m. at Minneapolis, Minn. - Baseline Tennis Center

Knights knock off St. Thomas to claim No. 2 seed in MIAC Playoffs

Sahil Chhugani
Sahil Chhugani
Photo: Dave Pape

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s tennis team concluded the regular season on Sunday with a 6-3 victory over host University of St. Thomas. With that result, the Knights improved to 14-3 on the year and finished second in the conference after going 8-1 in MIAC matches. Carleton ranks among the MIAC's top two squads for the 15th consecutive season.

“As expected, the showdown with St. Thomas was a thrilling and competitive match,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel. “We had to hold our nerve in the singles matches to pull out the hard-fought win.”

Carleton started the day by taking two of the three doubles matches. Jordon O'Kelly (So./Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) and Sahil Chhugani (Fy./Rochester, Minn./Century) prevailed, 9-8, at second doubles, while Kevin Mei (Jr./Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Kevin Hurley (Jr./Novi, Mich./Univ. of Detroit Jesuit) posted an 8-6 victory at the third slot.

St. Thomas picked up wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, with Knights’ all-time wins leader Patton McClelland (Sr./Rock Hill, S.C./Charlotte Latin School) adding another victory to his ledger, this one a 6-2, 7-5 result.

The other three singles matches required super tiebreakers that could have swung the match either way. O’Kelly and Aaron Goodman (So./Minneapolis, Minn./St. Louis Park) both rallied from a set down and did so with nearly identical scores. O’Kelly edged his opponent at No. 2 singles 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5), while Goodman’s No. 4 singles match was resolved 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5).

Chhugani was credited with the clinching team point by a 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4) score.

“Sahil’s singles points can be as chaotically choreographed as the driving stunts in the Fast and Furious movies, but both continue to put up some amazing numbers,” noted Zweifel.

UP NEXT FOR THE KNIGHTS: Carleton will host No. 3 seed St. Thomas in the MIAC Playoffs semifinal on Thursday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m.