Knights take care of Grinnell, 7-2

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Carleton College opened a weekend of games against regional opponents with a 7-2 win over Grinnell College at Rochester Tennis Connection.

Tarm Rojanasoonthon (Fy./Bangkok, Thailand/Chulalongkorn), Aswath Viswanathan (Jr./Lincolnshire, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson), and William Walsh (Sr./San Antonio, TX/Alamo Heights) won in singles and doubles, but the most dominant performance of the day came from Alexandre Roti (Sr./Locust Valley, NY/Friends Academy), who picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win for third place in singles.

“When Xander plays his best game, he reminds me of my desktop internet browser,” said the Carleton head coach. Stephan Zweifel“10 tabs open, and I can’t tell where the music is coming from.”

The afternoon began with a doubles sweep by the Knights. Walsh and Rojanasoonthon won at the top of the line-up, 8-3, followed by an 8-4 triumph by Yuv Kataria (So./Kolkata, India/Weil Academy & College Prep) and Aniketh Viparla (So./Cary, NC/Green Hope) at the second location.

Viswanathan and Tate Fuller (Fy./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) prevailed in a tiebreaker to win at No. 3 in doubles, 8-7 (7-1).

“Our doubles teams played with an alligator stalking an unconscious miniature poodle,” Zweifel said.

Rojanasoonthon nearly duplicated Roti’s effort in singles as he clinched a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 in the singles. Viswanathan also prevailed in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.

The other three singles matches required tiebreakers. Walsh won their match 7-6, 7-5 (7-3), while the Pioneers collected their two points in the team standings by winning super tie-breaks.

To be continued for the knights

Carleton will return to the same venue to take on Carthage College at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 20.

Carleton College 7, Grinnell College 2
Singles competition

1. Tarm Rojanasoonthon (RCA) def. Bowen Chopped (GCM) 6-1, 6-1
2. Leo Esztergomi (GCM) defeated. Yuv Kataria (RCA) 5-7, 6-4, 10-8
3. Alexandre Roti (RCA) def. Jonas Gilmore (GCM) 6-1, 6-0
4. William Walsh (RCA) def. Sam Rudenberg (GCM) 7-6, 7-5 (7-3)
5. Aswath Viswanathan (RCA) def. Aiden Klass (GCM) 6-1, 6-4
6. Henry Bridgers (GCM) def. Aniketh Viparla (RCA) 6-7, 6-1, 10-7

Doubles competition

1. William Walsh/Tarm Rojanasoonthon (RCA) def. Bowen Thin/Sam Rudenberg (GCM) 8-3
2. Yuv Kataria/Aniketh Viparla (RCA) def. Henry Bridgers/Jonas Gilmore (GCM) 8-4
3. Aswath Viswanathan/Tate Fuller (RCA) def. Leo Esztergomi/Aiden Klass (GCM) 8-7 (7-1)

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