The men's tennis team opened their spring season by competing against the nations No. 2 ranked team Emory University in Decatur on Sunday night. Despite the powerful Eagles racing to a 9-0 win, the netters gained valuable experience against top competition.
Emory began by sweeping the doubles competition, getting wins at No.'s 1, 2 and 3. Oglethorpe's No. 1 duo of Ethan Motz and Josh Rosenberg went down 8-1 while the No. 2 duo of Rajiv Dinakaran and Kirk Zhao lost 8-2. Playing from the No. 3 position, Craig Borne and Chris Noonburg were topped 8-1.
In singles action, Ethan Motz had the unenvious task of facing the No. 1 ranked player in Dillon Pottish and Motz succombed 6-1, 6-0. Benjamin Hirsch competed at No. 2 for the Petrels and lost 6-1, 6-2 while Kirk Zhao manned the No. 3 slot and lost 6-1, 6-4. Rajiv Dinakaran played at No. 4 and was topped 6-3, 6-1 and Cedric Andre, playing at No. 5, went down 8-1. Lastly, Craig Borne was bested at No. 6 by the score of 8-1.
Complete match results against No. 2 Emory are listed below.
The Netters will practice this week before squaring off with Methodist this Saturday at 3:30 on Downing Howell Courts in the Petrels home opener.
|#1 Singles||Ethan Motz||#1 Dillon Pottish||Emory University||6-1,6-0|
|#2 Singles||Benjamin Hirsch||Brian Kowalski||Emory University||6-1,6-2|
|#3 Singles||Kirk Zhao||Ian Wagner||Emory University||6-1,6-4|
|#4 Singles||Rajiv Dinakaran||#38 Eric Halpern||Emory University||6-3,6-1|
|#5 Singles||Cedric Andre||Simon La Perusse||Emory University||8-1|
|#6 Singles||Craig Borne||#50 Alex Ruderman||Emory University||8-1|
|#1 Doubles|| Ethan Motz
| Elliot Kahler
|#2 Doubles|| Rajiv Dinakaran
| Will Humphreys
|#3 Doubles|| Craig Borne
| Eric Rothschild