Tennis Loses to No. 20 Washington and Lee

Tennis Loses to No. 20 Washington and Lee

The Oglethorpe men's tennis team lost to No. 20 Washington and Lee Monday afternoon at the Downing Howell Courts, 6-3. The loss drops them to 1-2 on the season.

The Petrels won three-of six singles matches on the day, but were swept in the doubles matches, putting them behind the eight-ball.

The team of sophomores Ben Hirsch and Kirk Zhao lost 8-3, but the other two doubles teams, Ethan Motz/Nick Roby and Bryan Bailey/C.J. Antonio were up a break. However, things went bad for both, as Motz and Roby lost 8-6 while Bailey and Antonio lost 9-7.

Down 3-0 entering the singles matches, the Petrels needed to win five of the six matches against the 20th-ranked team in the nation. It got even more difficult after the first singles match, as Hirsch fell to his opponent in the No. 4 match 6-4, 6-1.

Roby won his singles match in the No. 6 slot, though, 6-3, 6-4, drawing the Petrels to within 4-1. However, the visiting Generals won the day when Motz lost his match to the 12th-ranked player in the nation, Hayden White, 6-0, 6-3. The result clinched the victory for Washington and Lee.

However, the Petrels did well in the rest of the singles matches. Antonio defeated his opponent 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 2 slot, while Zhao won his No. 5 match 6-4, 6-2. In addition, Bailey fought valiantly in the second set of a 6-1, 7-6(5) loss in the No. 3 slot.

The Petrels will next be in action Friday afternoon, when they take on Maryville in a joint match with the women's tennis team at 3 p.m. on the Howell Courts.