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The Carleton College men’s tennis team prevailed, 5-4, over a regionally-ranked Carthage College squad on Sunday, and the Knights improved their record to 6-0 this season, tops among MIAC squads.

“We traveled to the Dairy State in search of excellent competition and delicious cheese curds,” said Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel, “and we were not disappointed on either front.”

Carleton secured the critical 2-1 lead after doubles. Erik Johnson (Jr./Grand Forks, N.D./ Red River) and Andrew Hwang (Sr./Brookfield, Wis./University School) prevailed, 8-6, at first doubles while Mauricio Gonzalez (Sr./La Paz, Bolivia/Ameri- can Cooperative School) and Kevin Hurley (Fy./Novi, Mich./ Univ. of Detroit Jesuit) came out on top, 8-5, at the third slot.

“Although Andrew and Erik can have their Pete Carroll decision making moments, they somehow found a way to pull off an amazing win,” noted Zweifel.

The two teams split the six singles contests. Patton McClelland (So./Rock Hill, S.C./Char- lotte Latin School) cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 triumph at the fifth slot, and Hwang added a 6-2, 6-1 result at third singles. Kevin Mei (Fy./Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) clinched the deciding team point with his 6-3, 6-3 victory at second singles.

“Kevin looked as bewildered as Katy Perry’s dancing shark in the first few games of his singles match but managed to turn it around for a match-clinching win,” Zweifel said.

The Knights take the court next on Saturday, Feb. 14 when they visit ranked Grinnell.

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