The Oglethorpe men's tennis team faced a tough matchup Saturday in Sewanee, Tennessee, and fell to the No. 18 Sewanee Tigers 8-1 as they got back into SAA play. The result dropped the Stormy Petrels to 5-9 on the season overall and 1-1 in SAA play.
In the doubles portion of the competition, Oglethorpe got some excellent play from junior Rhys Richardson and sophomore Richard Johnson in the No. 1 match, as they almost knocked off the formidable top doubles team from Sewanee. The Petrel pairing was serving for the match up 8-7 and up 30-0 in the game, but the Tigers were able to mount the comeback and force a tiebreak. Sewanee got the 9-8 (7-5) win and took the other two doubles matches, as well. The No. 2 tandem of freshman Dustin Bowie and junior Matthew Magee fell 8-0 while the No. 3 pairing of freshman Zoe Raymond and sophomore Michael Santaloci went down 8-1.
In the singles portion of the morning, the Petrels got their lone victory from Santaloci at No. 5, as he won a 3-set barnburner that was decided with a super-tiebreak in lieu of the third set. Santaloci earned the 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8) victory over his opponent. Elsewhere, No. 24 Avery Schober beat Richardson 6-1, 6-1 in the top singles match, while Bowie put up a fight but went down 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2. Johnson lost 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 while Raymond did the same at No. 4, 6-3, 6-1. Magee rounded out the singles matches with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat at No. 6.
"I thought the guys showed a good effort today," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "Our No. 1 doubles team fought very hard and had a good chance to win, but lost in a thriller. I was very pleased with Michael Santaloci fighting hard to win at No. 5 singles. This is the second top 20 team we've played, and should help to get us ready for Centre tomorrow."
The Petrels will travel to Danville, Kentucky, tomorrow to take on Centre at 10 a.m. Next weekend, they'll go back on the road to take on Rhodes and Hendrix.