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Wheaton College

  • Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Location: Moline, Ill.

The Luther suffered its first loss of the season at the Quad City Tennis Club in Moline, Ill., when the squad was defeated by Wheaton in a 5-4 thriller.  The two teams battled for over four hours before the Thunder clinched the final point in a third set at No. 1 singles, grabbing the victory.

Torstein Jystad and Isaiah Mayerchak scored the lone point for the Norse in doubles, holding on for a (9-7) victory against Dave Buursma and Derek Mumaw at No. 3.  Wheaton won by an (8-4) margin at No. 1 and an (8-5) tally at No. 2 to take a 2-1 lead heading into the singles portion of the meet.

All six of the singles matches were tightly contested, but Wheaton struck first with a (6-4, 6-4) win from Josh Ward over Luther’s Matt Bellio at No. 4 to grab a 3-1 advantage.  James Ayer returned the favor with a (6-4, 6-4) win for the Norse against Buursma at No. 5, cutting the deficit to 3-2.  Kyle Appel then leveled the match with a (6-3, 6-3) victory over Matthew Steiner at No. 3 singles.

The other three singles matches all split sets, and Luther finally earned its first lead of the day when Mayerchak gutted out a (7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (5)) win over Mumaw at No. 6.  The Norse lead did not last, as Wheaton’s Justin Ancona defeated Jystad (6-4, 5-7, 6-3) at No. 2 to make it 4-4.  Jystad had forced a third set by rallying from a 5-2 deficit in the 2nd, but was unable to secure the fifth point for the Norse.  After trading 6-4 sets with Wheaton’s Ryan Kreis, Ramesh Karki found himself in a 4-0 hole in the deciding third set.  He rallied back to within 5-4, but dropped a (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) decision against the returning All-American for the Thunder.

Luther is now 5-1 overall this season.

Box Score

Senior

Philadelphia, Pa.

Central

Senior

Fond du Lac, Wis.

St. Mary's Spring Academy

Senior

Kathmandu, Nepal,

Xavier International

Junior

Kolbotan, Norway,

Oppegaard Videregaaende Skole

First Year

Coralville, Iowa

Iowa City West

First Year

Princeton, Minn.

Princeton

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