Men's tennis stops skid with win over Saint John's
April 13, 2013
SARTELL, Minn.- A doubles sweep propelled the St. Olaf men's tennis team to a 6-3 win over Saint John's on Saturday morning at Sartell Fitness Evolution.
After three straight losses, St. Olaf (4-4, 3-2 MIAC) got off to a 3-0 lead after doubles and split the six singles matches. Stephen Nolan and Joey Kronzer won in both singles and doubles for the Oles, while Saint John's (2-10, 2-2 MIAC) picked up singles wins from Fabricio Moncada, Connor Rust, and Willie Paul.
At first doubles, Andy Catania and Stephen Nolan edged Moncada and Jack Hansen 8-6 to even their record at 4-4 on the year. Ben Carlson and Charlie Reinertsen also leveled their record at 3-3 by topping Paul and Zach Shriwise by the same scoreline at third doubles. Kronzer and Ryan Abdella earned an 8-4 win over Rust and Andrew Nagel.
Nico Gibb was the Oles third singles point, in addition to wins from Nolan and Kronzer. Nolan dropped the first set to Laue 6-3 before racing through the second set 6-0 to force a super tie-breaker, which Nolan won 10-5. The win sees Nolan improve to 4-1 in MIAC singles matches this year. Kronzer battled by Hansen in two tight sets 7-5, 7-6 (5). Gibb's fifth singles win on the spring came by virtue of a 6-4, 6-4 win over Shriwise.
Moncada closed out Catania 11-9 in a second set tie-breaker, as he took the match 6-3, 7-6 to move to 13-5 on the year in singles play. In another close match, Rust came from a set down to defeat Reinertsen 6-7 (5), 6-4, 10-6. Paul defeated Mike Schroeder 6-1, 6-1 at sixth singles.
Up next for St. Olaf is a match with Carleton (10-3, 5-0 MIAC) on Wednesday. The match is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Carlson Courts, weather permitting. The Knights are currently ranked No. 8 in the Central region in the latest ITA rankings.