Mar 02, 2018
The Oglethorpe men's tennis team fell to in-state opponent Reinhardt, who competes in the NAIA, by the score of 9-0 Friday at the Howell Tennis Courts.
The team dropped the doubles portion of the contest, 3-0. The No. 1 doubles team of senior Judd Motz and junior Richard Johnson lost a tight match by the score of 9-7. The No. 2 doubles team of freshmen Walker Benson and Calvin Schneider fell by the score of 8-3, as did the No. 3 double squad of juniors Michael Santaloci and Jacob Bertram.
In singles play, Johnson was defeated at No. 1, 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Dustin Bowie dropped the No. 2 singles match by the score of 6-3, 6-0. Benson put up a fight at No. 3 before being bested 6-4, 6-3. Sophomore Zoe Raymond fell at No. 4, 6-1, 6-3. At No. 5, Santoloci won the first set 6-2, before dropping the next two 6-2, 1-0 (10-6). At No. 6, Schneider fell 6-0, 6-0.
Head coach Peter Howell commented after the match, "The guys fought hard, but Reinhardt was just too good up and down the lineup. However, this match should be good preparation, as we are about to take on several very talented teams over the next few days."
The loss drops the Petrels to 1-1 on the young season, and they have a quick turnaround as they take on Roanoke Saturday morning at 10 a.m. on the Howell Courts before traveling down to Orlando, Florida, for several spring break matches against regional and national competition.