Schedule and Results

Augustana-Rock Island

Date:February 8, 2014
Results:7-2
Location:Green Bay, Wis.

The Luther College men’s tennis team opened its spring season with a win over Augustana (IL) in a battle of regionally ranked teams at the Western Racquet and Fitness Club in Green Bay, Wis.  A come-from-behind victory at No. 2 doubles turned the momentum and the Norse nearly swept the singles matches on the way to a 7-2 decision.

After the Vikings secured the first point of the match with a convincing win at No. 1 doubles, the Norse leveled the score with an (8-2) victory from Torstein Jystad and Isaiah Mayerchak over Connor Woolf and Austin Schoeck at No. 3. Ramesh Karki and Kyle Appel rallied from being down a break on two different occasions and finally broke through with a service break and a hold to finish out a (9-7) win over Kevin Bayles and Collin Arnold at No. 2.

Leading 2-1, Mayerchak finished with a flurry by taking nine of the last 10 games at No. 6 singles, winning (6-4, 6-1) over Grant Wick to give the Norse its third point of the day.  Jystad was a (6-3, 6-2) winner over Andy Wall at No. 2, avenging a third set super tie-breaker defeat from a year ago.  James Ayer quickly followed with a hard fought (6-4, 6-4) win over Woolf at No. 5, securing the victory for the Norse.  The Vikings tallied another point when Bayles held off Appel by a (6-4, 3-6, (11-9)) margin at No. 3, but Matt Bellio bounced right back for Luther by defeating Arnold (3-6, 6-3, (11-9)) at No. 4.  Bellio rallied from an 8-3 deficit in the third set super tie-breaker to earn the Norse its sixth point.  Karki battled with Lawrence Palmer into another third set super tie-breaker at No. 1, eventually prevailing (7-6 (4), 3-6, (10-6)) to round out the scoring. 

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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