The Oglethorpe men's tennis team suffered a difficult loss to Christopher Newport, who is currently the 10th-ranked team in Oglethorpe's Atlantic South region, Saturday, losing 5-4 after having to concede the deciding match when Nick Roby couldn't continue with a sprained ankle.
Roby was down 3-0 in the first set of the No. 6 singles match when he had to retire after spraining an ankle on the first point of the fourth game, with the dual match about to be tied 4-4, as Briton Richardson was routing his opponent 6-0, 6-1 on the No. 5 court.
This came after Oglethorpe took two out of the three doubles matches. The team of Ben Hirsch/Kirk Zhao lost in No. 3 doubles, 8-4, but Bryan Bailey/C.J. Antonio came back with an 8-4 victory of their own at No. 2. In the No. 1 doubles match, Ethan Motz and Roby saved match point down 7-8, came back to force a tiebreak, and won the tiebreak 7-1, putting the Petrels up 2-1.
In the singles portion, the top three singles matches, featuring Motz, Antonio and Bailey, all found their way to a third set at the same time. Unfortunately, the Petrels only took one out of these three, with Antonio coming back from losing the first set 5-7 to sweep the next two 6-4. However, Bailey won the first set 6-1, but was quickly dispatched in the next two, 6-1 and 6-3. Motz lost the first set, 6-1, came back to win a second-set tiebreak 7-5, but lost the third set 6-1.
This tied the dual match at 3-3. Ben Hirsch lost at No. 4 6-1, 6-2, but Richardson looked like he was about to make the No. 6 match a decisive one until Roby's sprained ankle.
The Petrels fall to 5-3 on the season as they travel to Orlando for the Spring Break Sports competition. While there, they will play six dual matches in four days, starting this afternoon, when they play former SCAC rival Colorado College at 4:30 p.m.