The Oglethorpe men's tennis team saw their season come to a close Saturday with a 5-2 defeat at the hands of No. 2 seed Rhodes in the semifinals of the SAA Men's Tennis Tournament at the Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The Stormy Petrels jumped out to a 2-1 lead in doubles play, but the Lynx fought back and won all five completed singles matches.
The Petrels got the match off to an outstanding start, taking two of the three doubles contests. Sophomore Walker Benson and senior Richard Johnson earned an upset victory over the No. 1 tandem from Rhodes, winning 8-5. The third-line duo of senior Matthew Magee and sophomore Calvin Schneider also played their way to an 8-5 win, putting the Petrels ahead going into singles.
In singles play, Johnson fell 6-2, 6-1 on the second line. Benson dropped his top-line match 6-0, 6-2, while senior Michael Santaloci lost 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4. Those two results put Rhodes ahead 4-2, needing just one more match to clinch the dual match.
They got it at No. 5, as Magee fought hard but fell 6-4, 6-3.
The other two matches were left unfinished.
The Petrels finish the season with a 12-7 overall record. They finished the season ranked 10th in the ITA Atlantic South rankings and 12th in the NCAA regional rankings. Benson winds up the season ranked as the No. 17 singles player in the Atlantic South according to the ITA rankings.