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Result: W 5-4

Men's Tennis vs. Erskine College (D-II)

Friday, March 23rd, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. (EDT) / 11:00 a.m. (CDT) at Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Hilton Head Beach & Tennis

Knights’ play in doubles downs D-II Erskine

Aaron Goodman
Aaron Goodman
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Carleton College men’s tennis won for the fifth time in six Spring Break matches, using strong doubles play to knock off Erskine College—a NCAA Division II program—by a 5-4 margin.

The match began with singles play, and Carleton raced out to a quick 3-0 lead. Jordon O'Kelly (Jr./Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) stayed unbeaten in singles with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at the second slot. Sahil Chhugani (So./Rochester, Minn./Century) improved to 10-2 with his 6-3, 6-0 triumph at the fourth spot, and Xander Zuczek (Fy./Westerly, R.I./St. Bernard) improved his overall singles and doubles record to 15-1 with a decisive 6-1, 6-0 win at fifth singles.

The Flying Fleet bounced back and won the other three singles matches, setting the stage for a doubles showdown.

The Knights’ top pairing on the day, Kevin Mei (Sr./Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Aaron Goodman (Jr./Minneapolis, Minn./St. Louis Park) steamrolled their opponents for an 8-0 victory. Kevin Hurley (Sr./Novi, Mich/Univ. of Detroit Jesuit) and Leo Vithoontien (Fy./Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana School) clinched the match for Carleton with an 8-4 result at second doubles.

“Like a fine bottle of Pinot Noir, Kevin and Aaron have matured wonderfully as a doubles team,” noted Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel, “and one can also detect a hint of berries.”

The Knights play their final Spring Break match on Saturday, March 24 at 12 p.m. EDT. Their opponent will be regionally-ranked UW-Whitewater.

Carleton College 5, Erskine College (D-II) 4

Singles competition
1. Ritwik Bhriguvanshi (ERSKINE) def. Andrew Qi (CAR) 6-3, 6-1
2. Jordon O'Kelly (CAR) def. Steven Zahui (ERSKINE) 6-1, 6-4
3. Ross Edgar (ERSKINE) def. Aaron Goodman (CAR) 6-3, 6-4
4. Sahil Chhugani (CAR) def. Ary Boltansky (ERSKINE) 6-3, 6-0
5. Xander Zuczek (CAR) def. Isaac Giddens (ERSKINE) 6-1, 6-0
6. Nathan Cooper (ERSKINE) def. Johnny Reichman (CAR) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Kevin Mei/Aaron Goodman (CAR) def. Steven Zahui/Ross Edgar (ERSKINE) 8-0
2. Kevin Hurley/Leo Vithoontien (CAR) def. Ary Boltansky/Nathan Cooper (ERSKINE) 8-4
3. Liam Buckley/Ritwik Bhriguvanshi (ERSKINE) def. Jonas Lindholm-Uzzi/Christof Zweifel (CAR) 8-4

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