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Result: L 2-7

Men's Tennis vs. Coe College

Sunday, February 11th, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. at Des Moines, Iowa - Lifetime Fitness

Knights suffer first loss of season, fall to No. 39 Coe

Leo Vithoontien
Leo Vithoontien

DES MOINES, Iowa – Despite wins over nationally-ranked singles opponents for Leo Vithoontien (Fy./Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) and Andrew Qi (Jr./Auckland, New Zealand/Saint Kentigern), the Carleton College men’s tennis team absorbed its first loss of the year, falling 7-2 to No. 39-ranked Coe College.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to play a top program like Coe,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel. “Exposure to this level of competition early in the season will pay big dividends.”

The Knights (4-1) battled in doubles, but the Kohawks swept the early portion of the match by scores of 8-5, 8-6, and 8-3.

Although Vithoontien and Qi came up short at second doubles, the duo got their revenge at first and third singles, respectively, as each improved to 5-0 in solo play this season.

Vithoontien secured an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win over Brady Anderson, who entered the day ranked No. 19 in the country.

“Like a puppy waking up from afternoon nap, Leo was hungry and full of energy for his singles match. It was an amazing display of shot selection and execution,” remarked Zweifel.

Qi and Coe’s Nate Ackert were locked in a fierce tussle early, but the Carleton junior closed out the first set, 7-5, and used that momentum to post a 6-0 score in the second set and complete the triumph over the No. 50-ranked player in the nation.

Carleton will play a pair of matches on Saturday, Feb. 17 as the Knights face Crown College and UW-Eau Claire.

Singles competition

1. Leo Vithoontien (CAR) def. #19 Brady Anderson (COEM) 6-2, 6-2

2. Josh Pudlo (COEM) def. Kevin Mei (CAR) 7-6, 6-3

3. Andrew Qi (CAR) def. #50 Nate Ackert (COEM) 7-5, 6-0

4. Evgeny Pakhomenko (COEM) def. Aaron Goodman (CAR) 6-2, 7-5

5. Jake Kudrick (COEM) def. Sahil Chhugani (CAR) 6-2, 6-3

6. Nate Greiner (COEM) def. Kevin Hurley (CAR) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. #4 Brady Anderson/Nate Ackert (COEM) def. Kevin Mei/Aaron Goodman (CAR) 8-5

2. Josh Pudlo/Luke Ford (COEM) def. Leo Vithoontien/Andrew Qi (CAR) 8-6

3. Jake Kudrick/Nate Greiner (COEM) def. Kevin Hurley/Jonas Lindholm-Uzzi (CAR) 8-3