The Oglethorpe men's tennis team had a tough match Sunday afternoon against No. 37 Coe, falling 8-1 to the Kohawks in their spring break opener at Lake Cane Tennis Center in Orlando, Florida. The loss dropped the Stormy Petrels to 1-4 on the season.
Coe got off to an excellent start in the doubles competition, sweeping all three matches from the Petrels to set up a 3-0 lead. The top team of sophomores Richard Johnson and Michael Allen fell 8-4, while the No. 2 tandem of sophomore Michael Santaloci and freshman Zoe Raymond dropped their No. 2 match 8-6. Sophomore Jacob Bertram and freshman Dustin Bowie fell 8-4 at No. 3.
In the singles competition, the Kohawks quickly put the match away with a pair of victories at Nos. 1 and 2. Bowie found himself locked in a tough matchup at No. 1, going against the No. 32 singles player in the nation, Brady Anderson. Anderson took the match 6-2, 6-0, then Johnson dropped his No. 2 match 6-4, 6-2, allowing Coe to clinch the dual match.
The match continued with Santaloci falling 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4, junior Matthew Magee dropping his No. 5 match 6-2, 6-1, and freshman John Lieng lost his No. 6 match 6-3, 6-1. The lone Oglethorpe victory on the day came at No. 3, as Raymond picked up an injury retirement win over the No. 48 player in the country, Alex Bernt. He dropped the first set in a tiebreak, but was ahead 4-2 in the second when Bernt retired.
"This was a tough matchup for us," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "Coe is a very good team, nationally-ranked, and they came at us from the very beginning today. It was a bit of a tough match with the extremely windy conditions, as well, but Coe beat us soundly, regardless. We'll look to come back with a couple victories tomorrow."
The Petrels remain in central Florida on Monday, and they'll take on Clark University at 11:30 a.m. in Orlando before taking a short trip to Lakeland Monday evening for a 6 p.m. battle with St. John's (Minnesota).