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After dispatching the Storm in the early match, the Norse went right back on the courts and put together a dominating performance in a 9-0 shutout of the host Central Dutch. Luther only dropped eight games while sweeping the doubles and never looked back; winning five of the six singles matches in straight sets and rallying for a victory at No. 6 to complete the sweep.
Nick Mozena and James Ayer picked up a break early in the match to go up 3-1 and then added a second break on the way to an (8-4) win against Seth Harris and Zane Hendricks at No. 1 doubles. Quinn Foley and Samuel Cychosz quickly pulled out to a big lead and won (8-3) over Kyle Freischlag and Josh Forst at No. 2 doubles. Matt Bellio and Torstein Jystad completed the sweep by rolling to an (8-1) win against Tim Kahl and John Seier at No. 3 doubles.
Jystad continued his strong play with a (6-2, 6-0) win at No. 2 singles, defeating Freischlag to put Luther ahead 4-0. Foley clinched the meet with a (7-6 (6), 6-3)) decision against Hendricks at No. 4. Mozena trailed in his opening set at No. 1, but broke serve at the end of the set and cruised in the first set tie-breaker in route to a (7-6 (2), 6-1) win over Harris. Ayer also had to battle from behind in his first set, but pulled out a (7-5, 6-3) win against Colin Schares at No. 3. Bellio won his fourth match of the day, defeating Kahl (6-1, 6-2) at No. 5. Matt Knutson fell behind 4-6, 1-5 and proceeded to fight off multiple match points, rallying for a (4-6, 7-5, (10-4)) victory over Seier at No. 6.
Luther is now 8-3 overall and 4-0 in the IIAC. The Norse have a weekend off from competition and then resume play on Monday, March 19 against Carthage in Orlando, Florida. It will be the first of five matches for the Norse on the squad’s annual spring trip.
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