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Carleton College

Date:February 16, 2013
Results:3-6
Location:Winona, Minn.

For the second straight time, the match came down to a few tie-breakers for the Luther men’s tennis team, but the Norse found themselves on the wrong end of a 6-3 score against Carleton, ranked No. 10 in the Central Region at the Winona Tennis Center in Winona, Minn.

Luther tallied its first point of the day at No. 1 doubles where Ramesh Karki and Quinn Foley moved to 3-0 this spring with an impressive (8-3) victory over Carleton’s Paul Cooper and Andrew Hwang.  The Knights were winners at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to take a 2-1 lead into singles action.  Nick Mozena and James Ayer were unable to capitalize on some early break point opportunities and never got back into the match, falling (8-3) at No. 2 against Austin Jiang and Alex Chin.  Sean Brown and Torstein Jystad came close at No. 3 before dropping an (8-5) match to McCoy Becker and Erik Johnson.

After Chin beat Jystad (6-2, 6-2) at No. 4, Ayer responded with a (6-3, 4-6, (10-8)) super tie-breaker victory against Cooper at No. 5 to trim the Knight advantage to 4-2.  Carleton notched its fourth point with a (6-2, 6-3) win from Hwang over Luther’s Matt Bellio, but the Norse stayed in the hunt when Mozena knocked off Avery Rux (6-2, 2-6, (10-8)) at No. 2 to make it a 4-3 meet.

Karki had won his first set against Jiang at No. 1 in a tie-breaker, but had quickly dropped the second set and was headed to a deciding super tie-breaker.  Matt Knutson was also deadlocked in a tight match with Becker at No. 6.  After dropping the first set 6-4 and getting broke to go down 6-5 in the second, Knutson broke back to make it 6-6 and send the second set to a tie-breaker.  With the Norse needing to win the remaining tie-breakers to win the meet, Carleton responded with some clutch shots earning a (6-7 (5), 6-1, (10-4)) win at No. 1 and a (6-4, 7-6 (5)) at No. 6 to take home a 6-3 team victory.

Box score

Junior

Philadelphia, Pa.

Central

Junior

Fon Du Lac, Wis.

St. Mary's Spring Academy

Senior

Decorah, Iowa

Decorah

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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