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
| Logan Yerbey
|Berry College (Ga.)||8-5|
|#2 Doubles|| Benjamin Hirsch
| Ben Ortman
|#3 Doubles|| Craig Borne
| Steven Weeks