ST. PETER, Minn. — Saturday’s men’s tennis match pitted the only remaining undefeated squads in the MIAC against one another. This time it was the nationally-ranked Gustavus Adolphus squad coming out on top, handing the Knights a 9-0 setback that dropped Carleton to 79-10 (.888) in MIAC regular-season matches over the last decade.
“Facing the firepower of the Gustavus lineup today made me appreciate what the Denver Broncos defense felt like in this year's Super Bowl,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel.
The Gusties and Knights both entered the day 7-0 in conference matches, and both are regionally ranked. Gustavus, however, is also nationally-ranked and comes in at No. 15 in the latest ITA poll.
The closest of the doubles matches came at the third slot as Mauricio Gonzalez (Jr./La Paz, Bolivia/American Cooperative School) and Ben Huang (Jr./Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) played their opponents to an 8-4 score.
The best battle in singles came atop the lineup as Erik Johnson (So./Grand Forks, N.D./Red River) played his regionally-ranked opponent, Juan Luis Chu, to a 6-2 and 7-5 tally.
"Erik did a heroic job hanging in at No. 1 singles today,” Zweifel said. “When he started quoting Nietzsche in the second set, ‘When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you,’ I knew we were in for a show."
The Knights close the regular season on Sunday, April 27, when they face Macalester College in a 6:30 p.m. match moved to LifeTime Fitness in Lakeville, Minn. due to forecasted precipitation.