Men's tennis sweeps second day of spring break trip (updated)

Men's tennis sweeps second day of spring break trip (updated)

The Oglethorpe men's tennis team enjoyed an outstanding match Monday morning in Lakeland, Florida, knocking off the Belhaven Blazers 7-2 for the first win of their four-day, six-match spring break trip. With the win, the Stormy Petrels improved to 2-2 on the season.

The Petrels got the match started with a clean sweep of doubles. Sophomore Walker Benson and senior Richard Johnson prevailed in a tight one on the top line, winning a tiebreaker 7-2 to take the match 8-7. Junior Zoe Raymond and sophomore Calvin Schneider performed similarly well in a close match at No. 3, winning 8-6. Senior Michael Santaloci and freshman Connor Sisson had an easier time at No. 2, winning 8-1.

Raymond brought the Petrels to the brink of clinching with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 3 singles. Benson finished it off with a hard-fought 6-3, 7-6(2) win on the top line to clinch the dual match, putting Oglethorpe up 5-0. 

After that, Santaloci fell 7-6(4), 6-2 at No. 2 and senior Matthew Magee did the same, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4. However, Schneider and Sisson both won at Nos. 5 and 6 singles, respectively, for the final tally.

The Petrels will be back in action Monday night in Orlando when they head to the USTA National Campus to take on St. Scholastica at 7 p.m. 

UPDATE: The Petrels earned a rousing 5-4 comeback win over the St. Scholastica Saints Monday night at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. 

St. Scholastica got the jump on Oglethorpe in doubles, taking a 2-1 lead in the match. Schneider and Raymond won 8-0 at No. 3 doubles, but Benson and Johnson lost 8-6 at No. 1 while Sisson and Santaloci fell 8-4 at No. 2.

The Petrels easily won the fourth through sixth singles matches, as Raymond, Magee and Schneider took the contests, respectively. Johnson fell at No. 2, but the Petrels led 4-3 with two matches remaining. 

Santaloci found himself in trouble at No. 3, falling 6-1 in the first set. However, he responded in a big way with a 6-1 win in the second, forcing a 10-point tiebreaker for the match. In a great back-and-forth battle, St. Scholastica's Rafael Gonzalez Retana won 10-8, tying the dual match 4-4 and keeping the Saints alive.

At the top-line singles slot, Benson found himself locked in a tight match. He was down 4-2 in the first set and faced triple break point down 4-3, but steeled himself and came back to hold serve in that game. Overall, he won four straight games to take the opening set 6-4. Benson again fell behind 3-0 in the second set, but he again buckled down and went on a huge run, sweeping the remaining six games to take the second 6-3 and clinch the dual match for the Petrels.

The Petrels will continue with their spring break trip on Tuesday, taking on Austin at 11:30 a.m. in Casselberry before continuing to Altamonte Springs for a battle with Wheaton (Illinois) at 6 p.m.