Furious Rally by Men's Netters Comes Up Just Short

The men's tennis team lost to Birmingham-Southern on Downing Howell Courts on Friday evening, 6-3. Down 3-0 after doubles play, the Petrels stormed back to make the score 4-3 before a lost tiebreak at No. 5 singles derailed the spirited comeback.

The Panthers put the Petrels squarely behind the 8-ball by sweeping through the doubles competition before Oglethorpe began to mount their rally in singles play.

The singles got off to an inauspicious start, however, as Ethan Motz fell at No. 1 in a tiebreak. The Petrels battled back though with three straight points from No.'s 2, 3 and 4 as Benjamin Hirsch, Kirk Zhao and Rajiv Dinakaran scored successive victories.

After fighting back from a 6-0 first set loss, Craig Borne took his opponent to a second set tiebreak before scuccombing 7-6 (5) at No. 5 to seal the match for the Panthers. Complete results included below.

The Netters will look to bounce back on Saturday when they square off with Mississippi College and Reinhardt on Downing Howell Courts.

 #1 Singles

 Ethan Motz

 J. Zukley

 Birmingham-Southern College

 6-2,7-6(4)

 #2 Singles

 Benjamin Hirsch

 Sawyer Voges

 Oglethorpe University

 0-6,6-4,6-3

 #3 Singles

 Kirk Zhao

 Reed Pilling

 Oglethorpe University

 5-7,6-3,6-3

 #4 Singles

 Rajiv Dinakaran

 Christian Matthews

 Oglethorpe University

 6-1,6-2

 #5 Singles

 Craig Borne

 T. Damaia

 Birmingham-Southern College

 6-0,7-6(5)

 #6 Singles

 Joshua Rosenberg

 Hanlon Walsh

 Birmingham-Southern College

 6-3,6-3

 #1 Doubles

 Ethan Motz 
 Rajiv Dinakaran

 J. Zukley 
 Reed Pilling

 Birmingham-Southern College

 8-6

 #2 Doubles

 Kirk Zhao 
 Joshua Rosenberg

 Michael Wilson 
 Christian Matthews

 Birmingham-Southern College

 8-4

 #3 Doubles

 Craig Borne 
 Chris Noonburg

 Stewart Thrash 
 Sawyer Voges

 Birmingham-Southern College

 8-1

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