September 21, 2013

Men's Tennis Petrels Register Mixed Day at ITA Southern Regionals

Members of the Oglethorpe men's tennis team competed at the ITA Small College South Regional Championships today at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., coming through with mixed results.

C.J. Antonio came into the event with the No. 8 seed, marking the highest seed an Oglethorpe tennis player has ever received at the ITA Regional Championships. He started the day off well, defeating Birmingham-Southern's Alex Makarenko 6-3, 6-4 in straight sets in his first round matchup. However, he ran into trouble in Round 2. He and Emory's Jackson Isaacs engaged in a tense back-and-forth battle, but Isaacs prevailed 7-6, 7-6 in the end.

Further down the main draw, junior Kirk Zhao knocked out Guilford's Turner Votipaka in the first round, 6-1, 6-3. He ran into Emory's Nicholas Szczurek in the second round, though, losing 7-6, 6-3.

Nick Roby fell to Emory's Rafe Mosetick, the No. 4 overall seed in the tournament, in the first round. Mosetick beat Roby 6-2, 6-3. Mosetick would face the winner of the first round match between OU's Ben Hirsch and Rhodes' Elliot Blatt. Blatt easily won the first set 6-2. He found it far more difficult to close out the second set, but finally won in a tiebreak to take the first-round match from Hirsch.

Closing out the Oglethorpe competition in the singles main draw, Matt Jones fell to Emory's Simon Lavoie-Perusse, 6-0, 6-3.

Meanwhile, two Petrel duos competed in the main doubles draw. Antonio and Hirsch won their first-round match against Mississippi College's Lampton and Martin, 8-6. They ran into Isaacs and Bajoria of Emory in the second round, though, losing 8-0. Zhao and Jones went up against Lavoie-Perusse and Halpern of crosstown rival Emory in the first round, but lost 8-2.

In the singles B draw, three Petrels advanced to tomorrow's quarterfinals. Cedric Andre defeated Brett Piland of LaGrange and Huntingdon's Meuer Schwatzberg to advance to the quarterfinals, while Hunter Bivins took down Huntingdon's Tyler Chaffee and Guilford's Hunter Freitas, and Josh Rosenberg took down LaGrange's Zac Tyner and Huntingdon's Justin McQueen in two three-set thrillers.

In the doubles B draw, the Petrels had two teams advance to the quarterfinals, with Andre and Roby defeating teams from Huntingdon and LaGrange while Bivins and Rosenberg took down squads from Huntingdon and Centre.

Additionally, Roby and Jones are competing in the singles main draw consolation round after losing in the first round, and they both advanced to the semifinals of the back draw, which will be held tomorrow.

The ITA Small College South Regional Championship continue from Sewanee tomorrow. All of the Petrels who are still alive will have their fates decided tomorrow, as Sunday is reserved for the main draw semifinals and finals.

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