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Result: W 9-0 (completion of match suspended by rain on March 20)

Men's Tennis: vs. Goucher College

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. (EDT) / 12:00 p.m. (CDT) at Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Hilton Head Beach & Tennis

Knights get back on track with 9-0 win over Goucher

Kevin Mei
Kevin Mei
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Carleton College men’s tennis team got back in the victory column with a 9-0 victory over Goucher College on Thursday in a match interrupted by stormy weather on Tuesday afternoon.

The Knights improved to 12-2 on the season after topping the Gophers (12-3), who had made consecutive appearances in the NCAA Championships.

Carleton jumped out to the early lead after doubles action. Jordon O'Kelly (Jr./Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) and Leo Vithoontien (Fy./Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) picked up an 8-5 triumph at first doubles, while the tandem of Kevin Hurley (Sr./Novi, Mich/Univ. of Detroit Jesuit) and Xander Zuczek (Fy./Westerly, R.I./St. Bernard) posted the same score and improved to 10-0 in doubles this season. Sahil Chhugani (So./Rochester, Minn./Century) and Jonas Lindholm-Uzzi (So./Germantown, N.Y./Red Hook) completed the doubles sweep by an 8-3 tally.

The Knights prevailed at third through sixth singles in rather convincing fashion, dropping a total of eight games in those four contests. The top two singles matches were more in doubt.

Kevin Mei (Sr./Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) took the opening set at second singles 6-0, but things tightened up in the second set. Eventually the Carleton senior proved victorious by a 7-6 margin.

Atop the lineup, Vithoontien extended his win streak to 12 matches, but it was not easy. After dropping the first set, 6-4, he leveled the match with a 6-4 second set. Vithonntien eventually prevailed by a 12-10 margin in the super tiebreaker.

“Leo was locked in an extremely entertaining battle with Goucher’s talented No. 1 singles player,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel. “The match had as many unexpected plot twists as the season finale of the Bachelor.”

Already 4-1 on its Spring Break trip, Carleton will square off against Erskine College, a NCAA Division II program, on Friday, March 23. The southeastern tour concludes with a Saturday match versus UW-Whitewater. Both of those tilts will begin at 12 p.m. EDT.

Carleton College 9, Goucher College 0

Singles competition
1. Leo Vithoontien (CAR) def. Tetsuya Ota (GOUMTEN) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (12-10)
2. Kevin Mei (CAR) def. Jack Hodges (GOUMTEN) 6-0, 7-6
3. Andrew Qi (CAR) def. Frankie Mullinix (GOUMTEN) 6-0, 6-2
4. Aaron Goodman (CAR) def. Elliot Diehl (GOUMTEN) 6-0, 6-1
5. Sahil Chhugani (CAR) def. Slade Dumas (GOUMTEN) 6-0, 6-2
6. Kevin Hurley (CAR) def. Josiah Meekins (GOUMTEN) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Jordon O'Kelly/Leo Vithoontien (CAR) def. Tetsuya Ota/Jack Hodges (GOUMTEN) 8-5
2. Kevin Hurley/Xander Zuczek (CAR) def. Frankie Mullinix/Elliot Diehl (GOUMTEN) 8-5
3. Sahil Chhugani/Jonas Lindholm-Uzzi (CAR) def. Slade Dumas/Josiah Meekins (GOUMTEN) 8-3

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