The men's tennis team went 2-2 in four brutal matches this past weekend to earn a 7th place finish in the SCAC as the 2012 season came to a conclusion.
The men began their grueling weekend by topping host Henrix College in the 7 versus 10 seed match by the score of 7-2. The Petrels jumped in front by claiming two of the three doubles points and then cruised to four straight set wins in singles for the win. Josh Rosenberg won the lone thre-setter of the match at No. 6 singles, 6-7, (4), 6-1, 12-10 in a heart stopper. Complete match results versus Hendrix can be accessed here.
The Petrels concluded Friday by dropping to the No. 2 overall seed Rhodes College by the score of 7-2. Ben Hirsch and Kirk Zhao combined to secure a point at No. 2 doubles and Rajiv Dinakaran won at No. 4 singles, but that was all the scoring the Petrels could muster against a stout Lynx squad. Complete Rhodes match results available here.
On Saturday, the Petrels lost a chance to fight for a 5th place conference finish when they were nipped by the score of 5-4 by Colorado College. The Tigers took two of three doubles points but Oglethorpe ripped off wins at No.'s 1, 2 and 3 singles to jump out front 4-3. Playing without Dinakaran who suffered a migraine, though, the backend of the singles lineup could not produce the clinching point as Colorado stormed back for the narrow win. Complete match results against Colorado can be found here.
On Sunday, the Petrels faced Millsaps in the 7th/8th place match and came out extremely flat in falling behind 2-1 after the doubles session. The Petrels rallied to win four of the singles matches - two in three sets - to earn the win and the 7th place league finish. For complete Millsaps match results, go here.
The Petrels finished the season with a record of 10-13. Featuring a lineup of freshmen and sophomores in 2012, the 2013 squad should benefit from all the experience they gained this season.