Posted: Sep 14, 2018
The Oglethorpe men's tennis team had a very successful 2018, finishing ranked 12th in the Atlantic South with a 12-6 record. They look to be much improved with the addition of a strong recruiting class. If their first year players can develop quickly, the Stormy Petrels will challenge for another top four finish in SAA play. They have the same depth they had last year with all but two players returning, and added strength at the top.
Oglethorpe will be led by a terrific senior class. Co-captains Michael Santaloci and John Carter give the team strong leadership. Santaloci has been a 3-year starter in the 5/6 positions, finishing with a 13-5 record. He will strongly challenge for his position this year. Carter is the ultimate teammate who gives it his all every day. All-SAA Honorable Mention Richard Johnson returns as the squad's best doubles player with a solid 13-2 record paired with Walker Benson. Rhys Richardson was Second Team All-SAA in 2017 and returns after a year off and can give the team help in the top half of the lineup. Tyler Burgess and Matthew Magee give the Petrels added depth.
Junior Zoe Raymond was selected All-SAA Honorable Mention and team MVP with his 15-3 record at mainly the No. 5 slot. Junior Alex Garcia continues to work hard and is much improved with his big serve being more consistent.
Sophomores Walker Benson and Calvin Schneider have had a great fall. Benson was Second Team All-SAA last year with a 15-3 record, and Calvin had a sterling 13-6 record in doubles last year. Both look to have earned starting slots early this year.
The freshman class is strong with several contending for starting slots. Greyson Doscotch was highly recruited and has the potential to play at the top. Connor Sisson has a solid all-court game and looks to factor in the middle of the lineup. Spencer Horton has quick hands and is a match-tough competitor and will definitely be in the mix. Noah Offutt, John Bielicki and Brandon Jackson are also in the mix.
At present, the top 10 contains Benson, Doscotch, Richardson and Johnson battling for the top slots in some order. Sisson, Schneider, Santaloci and Horton are not far behind. Offutt and Bielicki are ready to step into the challenge. Last year the team had great depth with winning percentages of .737 at No. 3; .833 at No. 4; .778 at No. 5 and .789 at No. 6. There is added strength at the top along with even more depth.
Doubles pairings are being evaluated. Benson/Johnson are strong, going 13-2 last year. The team is looking at pairing Doscotch/Schneider, Richardson/Raymond, Santaloci/Sisson and Bielicki/Offut.
They head to Montgomery, Alabama, for the John McWilliams Invitational on this weekend, followed by the ITA Regionals in Rome, Geogia, the next weekend.