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Knights tune up for postseason with wins over Macalester and Hamline

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Yuv Kataria (Fy./Kolkata, India/Weil Academy & School Prep) and Aswath Viswanathan (So./Lincolnshire, In poor health./Adlai E. Stevenson) each went 4-0 on the day because the Carleton School males’s tennis workforce closed the common season with an 8-1 victory over Macalester School and a 9-0 shutout of Hamline College.
In the future after the Knights (8-1, 7-1 MIAC) clinched a postseason berth, the 2 victories on Saturday secured not a first-round bye but additionally home-court benefit within the semifinals of subsequent week’s MIAC Playoffs.
“I used to be not wanting ahead to enjoying a doubleheader on a day that was lastly scorching sufficient to complain about how scorching it’s,” stated Carleton head coach Stephan Zweifel, “however credit score to the power and conditioning program for making ready us.”
In opposition to Macalester (5-3, 5-3 MIAC), the Knights swept all three doubles matches with Kataria pairing with William Walsh (Jr./San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) on an 8-3 triumph and Viswanathan teaming with Aniketh Vipparla (Fy./Cary, N.C./Inexperienced Hope) for an 8-6 outcome. The regionally-ranked duo of seniors Leo Vithoontien (Bangkok, Thailand/Bangkok Patana College) and Xander Zuczek (Westerly, R.I./St. Bernard) bought again within the win column 8-7.
Upon transferring to singles, Carleton noticed straight-set victories from VIthoontien, Xander Roti (Jr./Locust Valley, N.Y./Pals Academy), Kataria, Walsh, and Viswanathan.
The lone level for Macalester got here at No. 5 singles the place the Scots’ Matthew Sullivan prevailed in a third-set tremendous tiebreaker 6-3, 5-7, 10-6.
Following the match, Carleton boarded the bus and headed to St. Paul to face the Pipers (3-10, 1-8 MIAC).
Kataria and Viswanathan led the best way with an 8-6 victory at No. 1 doubles of their first match atop the lineup. Christof Zweifel (Sr./Northfield, Minn./Northfield) and Noah Mueller (So./Dubai, UAE/German Worldwide College Dubai) prevailed a No. 2 doubles by the identical rating and Will Stepanski (So./Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park) and Vipparla secured the doubles sweep by an 8-2 margin.
Kataria performed No. 1 singles for the primary time this season and picked up the 6-3, 7-6 win.
“Like a pesky mosquito in your bed room at night time, Yuv’s recreation will not be going to allow you to relaxation,” Stephan Zweifel stated.
Regardless of the shut match on the prime of the lineup, the Knights cruised to extra snug victories within the different 5 singles matches as Vipparla, Mueller, Viswanathan, Stepanski, and Christof Zweifel mixed to drop solely 11 complete video games.
Carleton hosts No. 3 seed St. Thomas within the semifinals of the MIAC Playoffs. That match is slated for 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Could 6.
Singles competitors
1. #2 Leo Vithoontien (CAR) def. Sam Hochberger (MAC) 6-1, 6-2
2. Xander Roti (CAR) def. Jeffrey Jorgensen (MAC) 6-3, 7-5
3. Yuv Kataria (CAR) def. Karsten Knutsen (MAC) 6-1, 6-3
4. William Walsh (CAR) def. Ben White (MAC) 6-2, 6-2
5. Matthew Sullivan (MAC) def. Noah Mueller (CAR) 6-3, 5-7, 10-6
6. Aswath Viswanathan (CAR) def. Alexander Poland (MAC) 7-5, 6-2
Doubles competitors
1. #5 Leo Vithoontien/Xander Zuczek (CAR) def. Sam Hochberger/Ben White (MAC) 8-7 (7-3)
2. William Walsh/Yuv Kataria (CAR) def. Matthew Sullivan/Aidan Toner-Rodgers (MAC) 8-3
3. Aswath Viswanathan/Aniketh Vipparla (CAR) def. Jeffrey Jorgensen/Alexander Poland (MAC) 8-6
Singles competitors
1. Yuv Kataria (CAR) def. Nazeer Robinson (HU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Aniketh Vipparla (CAR) def. Sam Thompson (HU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Noah Mueller (CAR) def. Isaac Hultberg (HU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Aswath Viswanathan (CAR) def. Dominic Warzecha (HU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Will Stepanski (CAR) def. Sean Le (HU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Christof Zweifel (CAR) def. Allan Yang (HU) 6-0, 6-0
Doubles competitors
1. Yuv Kataria/Aswath Viswanathan (CAR) def. Nazeer Robinson/Sam Thompson (HU) 8-6
2. Christof Zweifel/Noah Mueller (CAR) def. Isaac Hultberg/Dominic Warzecha (HU) 8-6
3. Will Stepanski/Aniketh Vipparla (CAR) def. Sean Le/Allan Yang (HU) 8-2

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