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ISSUE 121 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 3/21/2008

Men enjoy rout

By Barrett Kennedy
Sports Editor

Friday, March 21, 2008

The St. Olaf men's tennis squad upended its three-match losing streak with a potent 7 -- 2 win over the Concordia Cobbers Sunday. The men took points in two-of-three doubles matches, and then dominated singles play by winning five of the six remaining matches.

Doubles play, which has struggled the past three matches, saw the men string together two dominating performances. Drew Erie '08 and David Narvaez '09 quickly disposed their Concordia counterpart 8 -- 0 to secure the first St. Olaf point of the morning.

Nick Peters '10 and Will Mitchell '11 paired on the third doubles court and won with a convincing 8 -- 1 score.

Ian Pray '09 and Nick Crnkovich '09 ran into a tough Concordia first doubles team and lost 8 -- 6 as the Cobbers picked up their first of just two points on the day.

However, Pray continued his dominance on the singles court, avenging his doubles loss by winning back-to-back 6 -- 2 sets. With the win, Pray improved to 5 -- 0 playing at first singles for the Oles in the first half of the season.

Narvaez's singles match scoreboard matched Pray's as he won in straight sets playing in the no. three spot. Meanwhile, Peters won his second consecutive singles match after winning a first-set tiebreaker 7 -- 3. From there, Peters won the second set 6 -- 4.

Erik Brekke '08 and Mitchell won the remaining two singles matches, conceding just five and six games respectively in the two-set victories.

Erie squared off with Concordia's hottest singles player of late and lost matching 7 -- 5 sets. Erie's opponent, Matt Edin, secured his fourth straight singles match in Sunday's dual. Nevertheless, the Cobbers fell to 0 -- 3 in MIAC play thus far.

On the other side of the court, St. Olaf improved its conference record to 2 -- 1 to land the Oles in third place at the conclusion of the indoor season.

Next up for the Oles is their spring break trip to Florida where they will play three matches before returning home to kickoff the outdoor MIAC schedule. The first Florida match, featuring St. Leo's University, will be played Monday at 3 p.m.

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