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GLENDALE, Calif. – The Carleton College men’s tennis team saw its seven-match win streak snapped as the Knights fell 6-3 to regionally-ranked Occidental College.
"We ran into a tough opponent during our first outdoor match of the season,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel. “But the experience was invaluable in helping us sharpen our game for the upcoming spring outdoor season in Minnesota, which should start in July."
Carleton (8-2) dropped all three doubles matches, the closest coming at the second spot where Alex Chin (Sr./Hingham, Mass./Hingham) and Andrew Hwang (So./Brookfield, Wis./University School) were on the short end of a 9-8 decision.
In addition to absorbing his first doubles setback of the season, Chin also tasted defeat in singles for the first time in 2013. His eight-match victory streak was snapped with the 6-4, 6-1 loss to Josh Dancu, a former Division I player at DePaul University.
The Knights had to juggle the rest of their singles lineup when Austin Jiang (Sr./Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) was unavailable to play. Hwang lost 6-2, 6-4 and Paul Cooper (Sr./Burr Ridge, Ill./Hinsdale Central) was defeated 6-4, 6-3 at the second and third slots, respectively.
The Knights depth helped the team prevail in the other three singles matches. McCoy Becker (Jr./Ojai, Calif./Thacher School) posted a 6-0, 7-6 result in the fourth spot, while Mauricio Gonzalez (So./La Paz, Bolivia/American Cooperative School) added a 6-2, 6-3 triumph to remain undefeated in singles play this season.
Christian Nagy (Fy./Fairway, Kans./Pembroke Hill School) won 7-5, 6-2 at the sixth slot for his third consecutive victory.
"Mauricio put in another stellar performance in the singles lineup,” said Zweifel. “The parallels between him and the new Pope are uncanny. Both are from South America, dedicated to their flock, and love colorful footwear."
Carleton next plays a March 23 match against national No. 19 Amherst College. Action that day will take place at Balboa tennis Club in San Diego, Calif.