April 25, 2014

Men's Tennis Sweeps Centre, Setting Up Semifinal Clash

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The second-seeded Oglethorpe men's tennis team swept away No. 7 seed Centre Friday afternoon, 9-0, in the SAA quarterfinals at the Old Fort Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro, Tenn., setting up a semifinal clash on Saturday with No. 3 seed Birmingham-Southern.

The Stormy Petrels got off to a good start early and rode that all the way through. They swept doubles in fine fashion. The regionally-ranked doubles team of C.J. Antonio and Nick Roby won 8-2 at No. 1, while Ben Hirsch and Cedric Andre took their match, 8-2, at No. 2 and Kirk Zhao and Matt Jones held down the fort at No. 3, 8-0. 

It was more of the same in the singles competition, as the Petrels won all six matches in straight sets. Going in order, regional No. 24 Antonio won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1, Hirsch won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2, Roby won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3, Zhao won the clinching match, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4, Andre won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5, and Jones won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6. 

The Stormy Petrels are now 13 -9 on the season and will take on the Panthers in the SAA semifinals, a team they defeated in Birmingham, Ala., earlier in the year. 

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