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The Luther men’s tennis team faced off against its chief rival in the IIAC and came away with a 7-2 victory against Coe. The Norse used a doubles sweep to gain the early momentum and then won four of the six singles matches to clinch the No. 1 seed in the IIAC tournament with a perfect 8-0 mark in IIAC regular season play.
Aaron Gendron and Tyler Zinnecker grabbed an early lead and never looked back, winning (8-2) at No. 3 doubles against Curtis Newman and Michael Janssen to put Luther ahead. Scott Sundstrom and Ramesh Karki quickly followed with an (8-4) victory over Noah Sprinkel and Victor Khristenko at No. 1 to make it a 2-0 score. Nick Mozena and James Ayer fought off a late charge from Jeff Damisch and Michael Woolf at No. 2 to complete the sweep with a (9-7) victory, giving Luther a 3-0 advantage.
The Norse continued to play well, winning the first set at five of the six singles positions. Ayer polished off a good day on the courts with a (6-2, 6-4) decision against Janssen at No. 6 to make the match score 4-0. Coe tallied its first point of the match when Damisch edged Gendron (7-5, 7-6) at No. 4, but Mozena held off Stokstad for a (6-2, 7-5) win at No. 3 to clinch the match for the Norse. Karki also handled a late charge from Khristenko at No. 2, winning (6-1, 7-5). Luther picked up its final point of the day when Sundstrom outlasted Sprinkel (6-3, 6-7, 6-3) at No. 1. Bellio dropped a (6-7, 7-5, (10-5)) decision to Newman in the final match of the day at No. 5 to account for the final score.
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