Men's Tennis Smashes Berry College

Men's Tennis Smashes Berry College

The men's tennis team picked up their second staright victory on Friday afternoon by topping Berry College on Downing Howell Courts, 8-1. The Vikings grabbed their lone point with a narrow win at No. 1 doubles but the Petrels swept through singles play in straight sets for the easy victory.

Ethan Motz and Rajiv Dinakaran stumbled 8-5 at No. 1 doubles but the duos of Benjamin Hirsch / Kirk Zhao and Craig Borne / Cedric Andre picked up the slack with 8-6 and 8-3 wins, respectively. With two points in hand, the Petrels took the confidence they needed into the singles matches where they dominated.

Motz won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 and Hirsch plowed through his Viking opponent 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2. Zhao won in unblemished fashion 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 and Dinakaran avenged his doubles loss with a convincing 6-2, 6-0 wn at No. 4 singles. Borne and Andre wrapped up the match with easy wins at No.'s 5 and 6 to give the Petrels their second straight match victory. Complete results are listed below.

Oglethorpe is now 4-5 on the season and can get back to .500 with a win over Principia on Saturday morning.

Position  Oglethorpe University  Berry College (Ga.)  Winner  Score
 #1 Singles  Ethan Motz  Logan Yerbey  Oglethorpe University  6-1,6-4
 #2 Singles  Benjamin Hirsch  Jonathan Surls  Oglethorpe University  6-4,6-1
 #3 Singles  Kirk Zhao  Jake Pullen  Oglethorpe University  6-0,6-0
 #4 Singles  Rajiv Dinakaran  Ben Ortman  Oglethorpe University  6-2,6-0
 #5 Singles  Craig Borne  Steven Weeks  Oglethorpe University  6-1,6-1
 #6 Singles  Cedric Andre  Kyle Stapleton  Oglethorpe University  6-0,6-1
 #1 Doubles  Ethan Motz
 Rajiv Dinakaran
 Logan Yerbey
 Jonathan Surls
 Berry College (Ga.)  8-5
 #2 Doubles  Benjamin Hirsch
 Kirk Zhao
 Ben Ortman
 Jake Pullen
 Oglethorpe University  8-6
 #3 Doubles  Craig Borne
 Cedric Andre
 Steven Weeks
 Kyle Stapleton
 Oglethorpe University  8-3