March 19, 2013

Men's Tennis Sweeps Second Day in Orlando

The Oglethorpe men's tennis team continued its excellent run of form Tuesday with another two-match sweep at the Spring Break Sports event in Orlando. The first came 6-3 over Ozarks, the 17th-ranked team in the West region. The second came 7-2 over Otterbein. The victories run the Petrels' record to 5-0 in Orlando and 10-3 on the season.

The day got started with the morning victory over Ozarks. The Petrels fell behind 1-0 after losing the No. 1 doubles match, but came back to win the other two on the backs of Bryan Bailey/C.J. Antonio and Cedric Andre/Rajiv Dinakaran. The former won at No. 2, 9-7, while the latter won at No. 3, 9-8(5).

With the team up 2-1, they got on a roll again in the singles portion of the competition. Ben Hirsch extended the Petrels' lead with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 4, while Bailey brought them to within a point of clinching the dual match with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at No. 3.

Ozarks countered and stayed alive with a win over Antonio at No. 2, but the Petrels quickly put the proceedings to bed with a win from Briton Richardson at No. 5. He won 6-1, 6-2, clinching the squad's second consecutive victory over a regionally-ranked opponent.

The Petrels split the remaining two matches, Nick Roby winning 6-4, 6-2 out of the No. 6 slot, to fill out the 6-3 overall victory.

That afternoon, they took on Otterbein and continued their excellent play. They again won two of three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead into the singles competition. Hirsch and Kirk Zhao won 8-4, while Andre and Dinakaran swamped their opponents 8-1.

In singles, Ethan Motz had to retire from his No. 1 match early, making the overall scoreline 2-2. However, the Petrels won the remainder of matches on the day. Bailey produced a clean sweep of his opponent in the No. 2 slot, winning both sets 6-0. Then, Craig Borne, seeing his first official action in awhile, looked like he'd been playing all season, as he trounced his opponent in the No. 6 slot 6-0, 6-1.

At the No. 4 slot, Richardson clinched a dual match for the second time that day, defeating his opponent 6-4, 6-3 and securing another victory for the Petrels.

Roby went on to win 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5, while Hirsch took down the final match of the day at No. 3, defeating his opponent 6-2, 6-4.

The now 10-3 Petrels finish their spring break trip in Orlando this afternoon, when they take on Western New England.

 

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