The Oglethorpe men's tennis team couldn't quite get over the hump Sunday afternoon against a talented Sewanee Tigers squad, currently ranked 18th in the nation. The Stormy Petrels fell 6-3 for the first conference loss of the season, dropping to 9-5 overall and 3-1 in SAA play.
Sewanee began by taking two of three doubles matches. The Petrels took the No. 2 match as sophomores Walker Benson and Calvin Schneider defeated their opponent 8-5. However, the top-line team of senior Richard Johnson and freshman Connor Sisson fell 8-5. The Petrel duo got down an early break, but fought back with a break of their own to pull to within a game, 6-5. The Tigers broke them back, though, and went on to win.
Johnson fell 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles match while junior Zoe Raymond dropped his No. 3 match 6-3, 6-1. With those results, the Tigers pulled out to a 4-1 lead, coming to within a single point of clinching the dual match. They did just that in the top-line match against Benson, who fell 6-1, 6-3 against his highly decorated opponent. Senior Michael Santaloci won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4, while fellow senior Matthew Magee came back from a set down to win 0-6, 6-0, 1-0(6), winning the 10-point tiebreaker 10-6.
Due to intermittent rain in the morning, the match had to be played on Sewanee's indoor courts.
The Petrels will be back in action Saturday in Conway, Arkansas, where they'll take on Hendrix at 11 a.m. EDT. After that, they'll head to Memphis, Tennessee, to battle Rhodes next Sunday.