The Oglethorpe men's tennis team played very well Sunday morning in Conway, Arkansas, and earned an 8-1 victory over the homestanding Hendrix Warriors as a result. The Stormy Petrels got outstanding performances up and down the lineup to secure the victory, improving the team to 7-10 on the season overall and 3-2 in SAA play.
The Petrels got off to an excellent start on the morning, taking two of the three doubles matches from the Warriors. The No. 1 team of junior Rhys Richardson and sophomore Richard Johnson made quick work of their opponents, winning 8-1, while the No. 3 team of sophomore Michael Santaloci and freshman Zoe Raymond won by the same scoreline. Junior Matthew Magee and sophomore Jacob Bertram dropped their match 8-4, but the Petrels were in good shape headed to the singles portion of the dual match.
Oglethorpe picked up even more steam in singles. They got a series of solid victories early to clinch the dual match, dropping a total of six games over the Nos. 3 through 6 matches. Magee won in a clean sweep, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6, while Santaloci took down the No. 5 match with a 6-0, 6-1 performance. Raymond won the No. 4 match 6-1, 6-1, while Johnson defeated his opponent 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3.
In the other two matches, Richardson knocked off his opponent 6-1, 7-5 in the top-line singles match. Meanwhile, freshman Dustin Bowie went to a third-set 10-point tiebreaker with his opponent and won a hotly-contested tiebreak 11-9. That gave him a 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (9) win after coming back from down a set.
"I thought the men played very well today," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "We took care of business and did what we had to do against a solid opponent. We've got one more weekend of regular season play left, and we look forward to competing in front of the home fans next weekend."
The Petrels will return to the Downing Howell Courts to take on Millsaps Friday at 9 a.m. and Birmingham-Southern Saturday at 10 a.m.