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ISSUE 116 VOL 17 PUBLISHED 4/18/2003

Tennis sneaks by Scots, falls to Knights: Oles drop match to Carleton indoors at Owatonna

By Joe Midthun
Contributing Writer

Friday, April 18, 2003

Ted Nagel ‘04 and Tom Nagel ‘04 once again carried the men’s tennis team this Wednesday against Carleton, they didn’t compete in Northfield though.

“Unfortunately due to the in climate weather, we played our cross-town rival at Owatonna,” Mike Donohue ‘03 said. The two teams were forced to play inside at a neutral court rather than at the Carlson courts at St. Olaf.

As a team, the Nagel brothers won their doubles match and each also won their respective singles matches.

The rest of the Oles were not able to follow suit though. The number two and three doubles teams both dropped their matches to the Knights. Carleton also won the remainder of the singles matches.

When all was played out, the Oles left with a 3-6 loss in their final meet of the season.

Last weekend brought sunny weather to the St. Olaf campus. It also brought the Ole men’s team outside for their first home meet of the year, but it was a long weekend for the team.

The Oles played two matches, facing both Wheaton College and Macalester. On Friday they squared off against non-conference Wheaton.

“Ted and Tom Nagel led the match off with a strong win in doubles, but unfortunately that would be the only win that day for the Oles,” Donohue said.

Donohue lost his match in a disappointing Super Breaker after winning the first set and loosing the second. Overall, the Oles’ day was a lot like Mike’s match, close, but just not enough to catch Wheaton.

Although the team suffered the loss, the strong doubles play of Ted Nagel ‘04 and Tom Nagel ‘04 continued.

They have won all but one of their matches this year and have played an important role in starting the team off on the right foot.

Saturday was a beautiful day for tennis and the Oles capitalized on the weather by edging the Macalester Scots 5-4.

Strong doubles play from the Oles set the tempo for the day, with two of the first three matches going the way of the Lion.

The day wore on and the men faltered a little in singles action, losing three and winning two. With the score tied at four apiece, it was time for some senior leadership to step up and meet the challenge.

Matt Sobieski played the final singles match of the day and came through in what Donohue called a “decisive post-second set Super Breaker win.” Sobieski’s win secured the Ole victory over the Scots with a victory over Macalester's star recruit from the Republic of Georgia David Yesilevskiy.

After starting the season 2-5, the Oles have rallied to win two of their last three matches.

With a conference record of 4-5 and an overall record of 4-7, the team moved into fifth place, where they will remain until the MIAC tournament commences.

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