March 21, 2012

Orces Earns Fifth Straight Singles Win in a 6-1 Loss to Samford


Charleston, S.C.  – David Orces claimed the lone point for the Bulldogs in a 6-1 loss to Samford in a Southern Conference tennis match on Wednesday. The Citadel dropped to 4-11 on the season and 0-5 in the SoCon while Samford improved to 11-2 overall and 5-0 in Southern Conference play.

In a conference match that took four hours, Orces was the bright light for The Citadel. The junior earned his eighth victory on the season by defeating Zac Dunkle, the SoCon Player of the Week for Feb. 14 and March 20. Orces took the first set 7-6, but Dunkle came from behind to take the second set 7-5. In an exhilarating singles match that almost hit the three-hour mark, Orces ultimately seized the tie-break set 10-8.  The Bulldog junior has had a hot racquet, having earned his fifth consecutive win in the No. 1 singles position and improving his record to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the SoCon.

In doubles, the tandem of Orces and James Atkinson paired up for the second time this season in the No. 1 position. The duo took the early lead and led most of the set, but let it slip away as the Samford pair of Dunkle and Alexander Sajonz took the set 8-6.

The Dogs will look for their first home win this season against Chicago on Friday at 1 p.m., at the Earle Tennis Center and again on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Chattanooga.

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