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UW-Eau Claire

  • Date: Friday, April 6, 2012
  • Time: 3:00 pm
  • Location: Eau Claire, Wis.

The Luther men’s tennis team returned to its winning ways with a 6-3 victory on the road against a regionally ranked foe in the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds.  The Norse grabbed a 2-1 lead in the doubles matches and won the top four singles spots to secure the road victory.

Scott Sundstrom and Ramesh Karki dropped the first two games at No. 1 doubles, but then cruised to an (8-2) victory over Chris Kuna and Joey Minear.  Quinn Foley and James Ayer also played a superb match at No. 2, dominating the action in an (8-1) victory against Ryan Van Linde and Dirk Van Rybroek.  Tyler Zinnecker and Aaron Gendron battled back and forth with Michael Roden and David Stingley at No. 3 before falling (9-8) to put UW-Eau Claire on the board.

Karki closed out a tight first set and then rolled in the second set, defeating Van Linde at No. 2 to give Luther a 3-1 advantage.  After the Blugolds won at No. 5 to make it a 3-2 score, Sundstrom beat Kuna in a battle of regionally ranked players to give the Norse a 4-2 lead.  Torstein Jystad won his opening set at No. 6, but saw Roden rally for a (2-6, 6-2, 7-5) victory.

With the match still in doubt and the Norse holding onto a narrow 4-3 advantage, Matt Bellio clinched the victory with a (7-6, 7-6) win against Minear at No. 4.  Nick Mozena held off Florent Marco late in both sets, winning (7-5, 7-5) at No. 3 to account for the final margin.

Luther will return home at 14-4 overall and 4-0 in the IIAC for a trio of matches on Saturday, April 14.  The Norse host UW-La Crosse, Carleton, and Loras in a busy day at the Luther courts.

Box Score

Sophomore

Philadelphia, Pa.

Central

Sophomore

Fon Du Lac, Wis.

St. Mary's Spring Academy

Senior

Flower Mound, Texas

Flower Mound

Sophomore

Kathmandu, Nepal,

Xavier International

Junior

Dubuque, Iowa

Senior

Senior

Lino Lakes, Minn.

Centennial

Senior

Davenport, Iowa

Assumption

First Year

Dellwood, Minn.

Mahtomedi

First Year

Kolbotan, Norway,

Oppegaard Videregaaende Skole

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