Petrels Show Well at ITA Regionals

The Oglethorpe men's tennis team showed well at this weekend's ITA South Atlantic Regional Championships, seeing Nick Roby reach the final of the B singles draw, the team of Ben Hirsch and Kirk Zhao reach the semifinals of the B doubles draw, and the team of Briton Richardson and Craig Borne reach the quarterfinals of the same draw.

Roby won his first and second round matches on Friday, defeating Harry Muth of Sewanee 6-0. 6-1 in the first and Birmingham Southern's Lance Mengel 6-3, 6-4 in the second. His run continued in the quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday. He defeated Dillon Sullivan of Methodist in the quarters 6-4, 6-1 and knocked off Dudley Lampton of Mississippi College (avenging Cedric Andre's earlier loss to Lampton) in the semis 6-3, 6-2. The road ended on Sunday in the final, as Dylan Kady of Emory beat Roby 6-2, 6-2.

While Roby was ripping through the B singles draw, the doubles team of Zhao and Hirsh did the same in the B doubles draw. Owning a first-round bye, they started their tournament in the second round with an 8-5 victory over Emory's Lund/Biluka team on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, the Petrel team defeated Methodist's Howard and Mancini 8-4 to advance to the semifinals later in the day. They would lose to the eventual champion team of Lam and Kady from Emory by the score of 8-2.

On the other side of the B doubles draw, Richardson and Borne started in the first round with an 8-2 victory over Human and Jetmundsen of Sewanee. Later that day, Richardson and Borne won their second-round match over a team of Eccher and Romano from Emory and Henry, 8-3. On Saturday, Richardson and Borne lost in the quarterfinals against Emory's Gadbois and Wright, 8-0.

Elsewhere in the tournament, Ethan Motz won his first round match in the A singles draw, Motz and Roby advanced to the second round in the A doubles draw, Andre and Richardson won their first-round matches in the B singles draw, and Borne won his first-round match on the Oglethorpe campus Friday in the C singles draw.

In the A draw consolation bracket, Motz and Zhao won two matches each, advancing to the finals of their respective brackets, before finally being elminated.

Overall, Petrels' head coach Peter Howell was pleased with the weekend's effort. "This weekend was a great experience and gives us a good preview of the opponents we'll be facing this spring," he said. "It shows that, with continued work, we have a chance to be competitive during the upcoming SAA season."

 

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