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Senior Victor Khristenko earned wins at number three doubles and number two singles in Coe's NCAA Tournament win.
Senior Victor Khristenko earned wins at number three doubles and number two singles in Coe's NCAA Tournament win.
Men's Tennis - Fri, May. 11, 2012

WHITEWATER, Wis. - Just over a month after falling 5-4 to Grinnell, the Coe College men's tennis team won when it counted Friday afternoon.  Coe jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles and beat the Pioneers 5-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore Jeff Damisch (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy) and sophomore Michael Woolf (Palantine, Ill./Palantine) opened doubles play with an 8-4 win over Ishan Bhadkamkar and Benjamin Charney at number two doubles.  Coe's second doubles win came at number three, as junior Curtis Newman (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) and senior Victor Khristenko (Orel, Russia) beat Aaron Lapkin and Colin Johnson 8-6.

At number two singles, Khristenko beat Eric Ritter 6-1, 6-4.  Damisch was then a 6-3, 6-1 winner at number four singles before Newman sealed the match with a 6-3, 6-1 win at number five singles.

Improving to 23-7 on the year, the Kohawks advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history.  Coe will be faced with the 15th-ranked team in the country, as Washington University in St. Louis earned a first round bye as the top seed of the regional.  The Kohawks and Bears will square off at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.  A link for live match updates can be found on the front of CoeAthletics.com