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Augustana-Rock Island

From site: Tennis (men)

Date:February 9, 2013
Results:4-5
Location:Moline, Ill.

After opening with a win over St. Norbert, the Norse returned to the courts for a battle with the host Vikings of Augustana.  All three doubles matches were tightly contested with Luther holding a 2-1 edge heading into singles play, but the Vikings responded with four singles wins to grab a 5-4 win.

Torstein Jystad and Matt Knutson jumped out to a 3-0 lead at No. 3, but then trailed 6-7 late in the match before forcing a deciding tie-breaker.  The Norse duo had several match points, but were unable to convert, ultimately falling (9-8 (9-7)) to Augustana’s Jack Cullen and Kevin Bayles.  Nick Mozena and James Ayer leveled the match at 1-1 with a service break in the final game to pick up an (8-5) win over Harald Olsson and William Palmer at No. 2.  Ramesh Karki and Quinn Foley were down a break at two different times in their match at No. 1, but fought back to earn a (9-7) win against Lawrence Palmer and Andy Wall, giving Luther its 2-1 advantage.

Mozena was never able to get going in his singles match at No. 2 with Olsson, falling (6-1, 6-0) as Augustana evened the match, 2-2.  Luther picked up its final two points of the day with straight set wins from Karki and Matt Bellio.  Karki was a (6-4, 6-4) winner over Lawrence Palmer at No. 1 while Bellio held off William Palmer (7-6 (1), 6-3) at No. 3.  The No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 matches all split sets and went to deciding third set super tie-breakers, with the Vikings winning all three to earn the win.  Matt Knutson dropped a (3-6, 7-5, (10-1)) decision to Grant Wick at No. 6, Ayer lost (3-6, 6-2, (10-6)) to Bayles at No. 5, and Jystad’s rally came up just short with a (6-3, 6-7 (5), (11-9)) loss to Wall at No. 4.

The Norse are 1-1 overall this season and will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 16 with a pair of matches at the Winona Tennis Center in Winona, Minnesota.  Luther will face Carleton and UW-La Crosse.

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Junior

Philadelphia, Pa.

Central

Junior

Fon Du Lac, Wis.

St. Mary's Spring Academy

Junior

Kathmandu, Nepal,

Xavier International

Senior

Dubuque, Iowa

Senior

Sophomore

Dellwood, Minn.

Mahtomedi

Sophomore

Kolbotan, Norway,

Oppegaard Videregaaende Skole

Sophomore

Janesville, Wis.

Parker

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