The Oglethorpe men's tennis team had a tough day Monday against No. 24 Washington and Lee, falling 8-1 at the cold and windy Howell Tennis Courts. The loss drops the Stormy Petrels to 12-9 to end the regular season.
The temperature at the start of the match was a chilly 48 degrees with gusty winds, making conditions on the courts difficult. The Stormy Petrels were in all three doubles matches to start the proceedings, but lost them all and found themselves well behind the eight-ball early. The regionally-ranked doubles team of C.J. Antonio and Nick Roby put up a valiant fight against the No. 10 doubles team in the nation at the No. 1 slot, but lost 8-6. Kirk Zhao and Matt Jones came even closer at No. 3 doubles, but they fell 9-7. Ben Hirsch and Cedric Andre lost 8-3 at No. 2 doubles.
Down 3-0 on the day, the Petrels found the singles competition very tough going. They lost five of the six matches in straight sets. Their only win on the day came at No. 6 singles, where Matt Jones knocked off his opponent in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
The loss ends the regular season for the Petrels, who are currently ranked 11th in the Atlantic South region. They'll now take over a week off to prepare for the SAA Tournament, which will be co-hosted by Oglethorpe and Berry and will take place in Murfreesboro, Tenn., April 25-27.