The Oglethorpe men's tennis team faced a tough matchup Friday morning at the Downing Howell Courts, as they fell to the regionally-ranked Millsaps Majors 8-1. The Stormy Petrels entered the matchup ranked 19th in the Atlantic South, but Millsaps came in with a No. 11 regional ranking, and took control of the proceedings in doubles. The result dropped the Petrels to 7-11 on the season overall, 3-3 in SAA play.
All three doubles matches went the way of the Majors, with freshman Zoe Raymond and sophomore Michael Santaloci falling at No. 2 doubles and freshman Dustin Bowie and sophomore Jacob Bertram suffering the same fate at No. 3 doubles, both by an 8-2 scoreline. Junior Rhys Richardson and sophomore Richard Johnson were in tough against the 14th ranked doubles pair in the nation, Millsaps' Alex Centurion and Davis Plummer. They played a competitive match, but were defeated 8-3, giving the Majors a 3-0 lead headed into the singles portion of the dual match.
Millsaps began singles by taking a 4-0 lead when Centurion defeated Bowie 6-1, 6-1. The Petrels got a point back from junior Matthew Magee, as he defeated his opponent 7-5 in the first set, then had a 1-0 lead in the second when his opponent retired from the match. That made the score 4-1. However, it was all Majors from there.
Richardson fell in a competitive 6-4, 6-4 match at No. 1, clinching the day for Millsaps. After that, Raymond fell 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 while Johnson dropped the No. 3 match 6-2, 6-3. The final match of the day was a 3-set barnburner, as Santaloci took a set lead with a 7-5 victory in the opening stanza. However, his opponent came back with a 6-0 victory in the second, then took a tight 10-set tiebreaker to decide the match, winning that 10-7.
"This was just a tough matchup for us," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "Millsaps is a very good team, and they were superior on the day. We hung in there in several matches, but they were just too much for us. We'll look to regroup tomorrow against Birmingham-Southern."
The Petrels will take on the visiting Birmingham-Southern Panthers Saturday morning on the Downing Howell Courts at 10 a.m. for their final match of the regular season.