Men's Tennis Falls in Pair of Spring Break Contests to Ursinus and Wheaton

Men's Tennis Falls in Pair of Spring Break Contests to Ursinus and Wheaton

The Oglethorpe men's tennis team had a tough day on their spring break trip to central Florida Tuesday, falling 6-3 in a morning match to Ursinus in Kissimmee before falling in a difficult evening match to Wheaton (Illinois), 7-2, in Orlando. The results dropped the Stormy Petrels to 3-6 on the season.

In the morning match against Ursinus, the Petrels took down one of the three doubles matches, putting them behind 2-1 headed to the singles portion of the match. Freshman Zoe Raymond and sophomore Michael Santaloci defeated their opponents 8-5 at No. 2, but sophomores Richard Johnson and Michael Allen fell 8-5 at No. 1 while freshman Dustin Bowie and sophomore Jacob Bertram dropped their No. 3 match by the score of 8-2.

Junior Matthew Magee tied things up with a 6-1, 6-0 victory in the No. 5 match, while Bowie won a tough battle at No. 2, 6-4, 6-4. However, Ursinus was able to win the remaining four contests. Johnson fell 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1, while Raymond had to retire due to injury while ahead 7-6, 2-0 at No. 3. Santaloci and Allen both fought hard at Nos. 4 and 6, respectively, but Santaloci fell 6-1, 6-4 and Allen lost 7-5, 6-3. 

In the nightcap, the Petrels found themselves going against a tough, regionally-ranked Wheaton team. They took one of the three doubles matches, as Santaloci and Raymond took out the Thunder's No. 2 team 8-6, despite being down 6-1 earlier in the match. However, Johnson and Allen fell 8-2 at No. 1 and Bowie and Bertram were defeated 8-4 at No. 3. 

As the match went into the singles portion, Magee again defeated his opponent in a tough No. 5 match, dropping him 6-3, 7-6. However, Wheaton took the remainder of the night's matches. Bowie lost 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1, Johnson did likewise 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2, Raymond fell 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3, Santaloci, dropped his No. 4 match 7-6, 6-4, despite a valiant effort, and freshman John Lieng fell 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6.

"I thought we gave a much-improved effort in this evening's match against Wheaton," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "Despite the score, we played well and battled hard against a strong opponent. I was very pleased with the effort and quality of play in that match. This is something to build on, I think, as we head back home and continue our season."

The Petrels' stay in central Florida comes to a close, and they'll return home to Atlanta to take on Texas-Dallas on Sunday at 10 a.m. from the Downing Howell Courts. 

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