Men's Tennis Sweeps Day 2 of Spring Break Trip, Defeats Clark University and Emerson

Men's Tennis Sweeps Day 2 of Spring Break Trip, Defeats Clark University and Emerson

The Oglethorpe men's tennis team rebounded from Sunday afternoon's defeat against nationally-ranked Coe with a sweep of two matches Monday on their spring break trip in central Florida. The Stormy Petrels defeated Clark University 8-1 on Monday morning in Orlando, then made the brief trip to Kissimmee for their evening matchup against Emerson, where they prevailed in a 9-0 sweep. The victories improved the squad to 4-2 on the season.

The Petrels got things off to an outstanding start in the morning against Clark. The teams started with singles matches first, and the Petrels were able to sweep all six positions. Senior Judd Motz played well at No. 1, winning 7-5, 6-1. Sophomore Dustin Bowie lost the first set at No. 2, but battled back to win a third set super-breaker, 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8). Senior Richard Johnson breezed to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3, while freshman Walker Benson picked up a 7-6, 6-1 win at No. 4. Junior Michael Santaloci and sophomore Zoe Raymond rounded out the victories at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively.

Having already clinched the win, the Petrels took two out of three doubles matches, winning at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to secure the 8-1 victory. 

In the second match of the day versus Emerson, the Petrels dominated from start to finish. They easily swept the doubles portion of the match, with the three doubles teams dropping just two games combined. The domination continued in the singles matches. Bowie won at No. 1, 6-3, 6-2, and the Petrels won the other five matches in straight sets while only dropping one game total.
"We rebounded well today," said Oglethorpe head coach Peter Howell. "I thought Judd and Dustin played well at the top of the lineup in today's matches, and we were really solid all the way through. Hopefully, that will carry over into the rest of the week. We have a tough match against a regionally-ranked Wabash team early tomorrow morning and then another tough one against a very good Wheaton team tomorrow afternoon. We have to recover quickly and get ready for two tough matches."
 
The Petrels will take on Wabash at 7:30 a.m. from the USTA National Campus in Orlando before heading to Fort Gatlin Tennis Center for the afternoon match with Wheaton (Illinois) at 2:30 p.m.
 
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