Men's Tennis Defeats Western New Eng., Completes Spring Break Sweep

The Oglethorpe men's tennis team destroyed Western New England Wednesday afternoon, 9-0, to complete a six-match sweep of their Spring Break Sports participation in Orlando.

The Petrels got off to a flying start with a 3-0 sweep of doubles Wednesday. Ben Hirsch and Kirk Zhao took down the No. 1 doubles match right away, 8-0. Cedric Andre and Rajiv Dinakaran followed with an 8-4 victory at No. 2, then a new team of Briton Richardson and Craig Borne took the court at No. 3, as head coach Peter Howell had to save some of his players for singles, as this was the seventh dual match the Petrels played in five days. However, Richardson and Borne looked like they'd been playing together at No. 3 doubles all season, taking down their opponent quickly, 8-2. 

In singles, Richardson won all 12 games contested in his No. 4 match, 6-0, 6-0. This put the Petrels one match from clinching the afternoon against the Golden Bears, 4-0. That victory came in short order, as Bryan Bailey subbed in for Ethan Motz at the No. 1 singles slot after Motz had to retire in two matches yesterday because of exhaustion. Bailey looked like he'd been in that slot all year, as well, routing his opponent 6-1, 6-1. 

After the clinch, Oglethorpe got four more wins. Zhao won at No. 3, 6-1, 6-0, while Hirsch took down the No. 2 match 6-0, 6-4. A couple of players who haven't gotten a lot of action this year followed at Nos. 5 and 6. Borne won a singles match for the second consecutive day, defeating his opponent at No. 5, 6-2, 6-1, while Dinakaran competed in his first singles match of the season and won at No. 6, 6-2, 6-0.

The 6-0 spring break improves the Petrels to 11-3 on the season. They'll take the rest of spring break and most of next week off before traveling to Tennessee for a big road match against Sewanee next Friday at 3 p.m. Sewanee came into the season as favorites to win the SAA, so the dual match should present a good test for the streaking Petrels.

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