Men's Tennis Closes Out Weekend at USTA/ITA Regional Championship

Men's Tennis Closes Out Weekend at USTA/ITA Regional Championship

The Oglethorpe men's tennis team continued at the USTA/ITA Division III South Regional Championships Saturday in Sewanee, Tennessee, and saw a couple of participants make the finals of various secondary draws.

The day started with junior Rhys Richardson in the third round of the main singles draw against No. 3 seed Aman Manji of Emory. Richardson fought valiantly and had eight game-point opportunities in various games. However, he fell 6-1, 6-0 to the higher seeded Manji.

Junior Matt Magee defeated Josh Joiner from Centre in the semifinals of the secondary green draw and advanced to the final. He was forced to retire with an injury in the final, but he proved himself to be one to watch this season with a solid run through the green draw.

Junior Judd Motz made the final of the main draw consolation bracket, where he went up against an opponent from Millsaps and fell 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8). Meanwhile, the doubles tandem of freshman Zoe Raymond and sophomore Michael Santaloci made the final of the secondary doubles draw, putting together a decent run through that bracket. 

"Overall, this weekend was not as successful as we would've liked," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell, "but we did have some bright spots. Rhys making it to the round of 16 in the main draw was a nice surprise, as was Magee's run to the final of the secondary singles draw and Raymond and Santaloci making the final of the secondary doubles draw. We know we have some things to work on headed into our fall match against SCAD Atlanta. We'll be ready for that one and then get ready for the spring season to come."

The Petrels will take on SCAD Atlanta from the Downing Howell Courts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. After that, they'll head into the winter break and return for spring play Feb. 23 against Piedmont.

Day 1 Recap

The Oglethorpe men's tennis team competed on the first day of the USTA/ITA Division III South Regional Championships Friday in Sewanee, Tennessee, with junior Rhys Richardson advancing to the third round of the main draw and fellow junior Matt Magee progressing to the semifinals of the secondary draw. 

Richardson got his morning off to an excellent start Friday, knocking off his opponent from Guilford, Mesa Martorell, 6-3, 6-1 in the first round. He immediately advanced to the second round, where he faced SAA opposition. He took on Jacob Weinacker of Birmingham-Southern in the day's second match and won that, as well, 6-3,-6-3. He will now advance to Saturday morning's round of 16, where he'll go against the tournament's No. 3 seed, Aman Manji of Emory. 

Magee began in the first round of the secondary green draw with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Piedmont's Jackson Hillbut. After that, he took out Brock Ebersole of Methodist in a hard-fought quarterfinal contest, winning 6-4, 7-5. He'll advance to Saturday's semifinals, where he'll take on Josh Joiner from Centre. 

Back in the main draw, sophomore Richard Johnson took his first-round matchup against Tate Goodwin from Guilford, winning 6-3, 6-2. He ran into Emory's Rex Serituk in the second round, though, and fell 6-3, 6-1. Junior Judd Motz fell in the first round to Hayden Loeb from Sewanee, 6-4, 6-0, while freshman Brandon Gita picked up a tough first-round draw against No. 2 seed Avery Schober from Sewanee and fell 6-2, 6-3. 

In the main doubles draw, Motz and Johnson were forced to retire down 7-4 to Goodwin and Martorell of Guilford, exhausted from their singles matches. Meanwhile, Richardson and Magee fell in their first-round matchup 8-1 to Carro and Schober of Sewanee. 

Elsewhere, freshman Dustin Bowie won his first-round matchup in the secondary gold draw, taking out Trey Wood of Covenant 6-2, 6-1. Bowie fell to Alejandro Becker of Sewanee in the quarterfinals. 

In the secondary doubles draw, freshman Zoe Raymond and sophomore Michael Santaloci took out a very good Sewanee team 9-8, winning a tiebreaker to take the second-round match and advance to Saturday's quarterfinals. 

"This was a tough day for us overall, but we did have a couple of bright spots," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "We do have a very young team, so we'll look to improve as we go forward through the fall season. The level of competition has gone up across the board, so we'll have to work hard to have a successful season."

The Petrels will be back in action from Sewanee Saturday morning for Day 2 of the USTA/ITA South Regional Championships. 

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