The Oglethorpe men's tennis team fell 9-0 Saturday morning in a tough matchup against No. 15 Amherst at Emory's Woodruff Physical Education Center. The Stormy Petrels found themselves in tough matches across the board against Amherst. They took a couple of them to a third-set supertiebreak, but couldn't quite get over the hump in any of them. The result dropped the Petrels to 3-8 on the season.
The No. 1 doubles team of junior Rhys Richardson and sophomore Richard Johnson fell 8-2 while the No. 2 doubles combo of freshman Dustin Bowie and sophomore Jacob Bertram fell by the same scoreline. The No. 3 doubles team of freshman Zoe Raymond and sophomore Michael Santaloci dropped their No. 3 match 8-3, giving Amherst a 3-0 lead headed into the singles competition.
In singles, Richardson took his opponent to three sets in the top slot, eventually falling 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-4). Raymond came back from getting blanked in the first set of his match at No. 4 to force a decisive third-set supertiebreak, then fought hard in the tiebreak. He eventually fell 6-0, 1-6, 1-0 (10-8), though.
Bowie fell 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2, while Johnson lost his No. 3 match 6-3, 6-1. At No. 5, Santaloci went down 6-4, 6-3, while junior Matthew Magee dropped his No. 6 match 6-4, 6-3.
"I thought we fought hard against a highly-ranked Amherst team, and played well in several spots," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "We had to adjust to the speed of the indoor courts we were playing on, as well. I thought everyone gave a great effort, but Rhys and Zoe did especially well to take their opponents to three sets. Playing teams like this will help us as we begin SAA play tomorrow."
The Petrels now travel to Mount Berry, where they'll take on in-state rival Berry in their SAA opener at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.