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UW-La Crosse

  • Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: Winona, Minn.

After a second straight close defeat, the Luther men’s tennis team got back on the winning side of the ledger with an (8-1) win over UW-La Crosse in the second match of the day at the Winona Tennis Center in Winona, Minn.

Nick Mozena and James Ayer rolled to an (8-2) victory at No. 2 doubles, defeating Anthony Mirasola and Dante Pitera.  The Norse also jumped out to early leads at No. 1 and No. 3, but the Eagles regained momentum by breaking back at both spots eventually winning at No. 3 and forcing No. 1 to a deciding tie-breaker.  Vic Mirasola and Matt Bulger picked up an (8-5) win against Luther’s Samuel Cychosz and Matt Knutson to make it a 1-1 match.  The Eagles looked to take a 2-1 lead as Kevin McMillen and Kyle McGrane led 6-4 in the tie-breaker, but Ramesh Karki and Quinn Foley fought off a pair of match points and rallied to earn a key (9-8 (8-6)) win, giving the Norse a boost heading into singles play.

As No. 1 doubles was wrapping up, Mozena raced out to a big lead at No. 2 singles, eventually cruising to a (6-1, 6-0) win against Vic Mirasola.  Torstein Jystad was also a first set winner and closed out the second set for a (6-2, 6-4) win over Anthony Mirasola, making it a 4-1 Norse lead.  Meanwhile, Ayer dropped the first set at No. 5 before rolling in the second set to force another super tie-breaker.  Once again, he came through with a (3-6, 6-0, (10-8)) victory to clinch the match. 

Luther won the final three matches in straight sets to finish off the day.  Karki was a (7-5, 6-2) winner over McMillen at No. 1, Bellio beat McGrane (6-3, 6-1) at No. 3, and Foley knocked off Pitera (7-5, 6-2) at No. 6.

The Norse are 2-2 overall and will be on the courts on Saturday, Mar. 2 when the team travels to Holland, Mich., to face Case Western and Earlham in a pair of neutral site matches. The Norse will wrap up the trip with a match at Kalamazoo on Sunday, Mar. 3.

Box score

Junior

Philadelphia, Pa.

Central

Junior

Kathmandu, Nepal,

Xavier International

Senior

Dubuque, Iowa

Senior

Sophomore

Dellwood, Minn.

Mahtomedi

Sophomore

Apple Valley, Minn.

Eastview

Sophomore

Kolbotan, Norway,

Oppegaard Videregaaende Skole

Sophomore

Janesville, Wis.

Parker

Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586