March 22, 2012

Bulldogs Host Chicago and Chattanooga this Weekend

Charleston, S.C.  – The Citadel tennis team is set to host Chicago on Friday at 1 p.m., and Southern Conference rival Chattanooga on Saturday at 1 p.m., at the Earle Tennis Center before traveling to Hilton Head, S.C., for its spring break trip next week.

Last Time Out

David Orces claimed the lone point for the Dogs against Samford in a 6-1 defeat on Wednesday. Orces' eighth victory of the season came over Zac Dunkle, two-time SoCon Player of the Week. The Bulldogs' junior has had the hot racquet, having earned five consecutive wins in the No. 1 singles position.

Bulldogs vs. Maroons

The two tennis programs first faced off in 2008, and the Bulldogs retain a 2-1 all-time series lead. In their last meeting in 2011, the Maroons edged the Bulldogs 5-2. The Maroons swept in all three doubles positions, but David Orces and Josh Cook, in the No. 1 and No. 5 singles spots respectively, earned victories for the Dogs to halt the shutout. 

Chicago

Chicago currently owns a 5-6 overall record and is ranked 27th nationally in Division III tennis. Before their stop in Charleston, the Maroons have a scheduled trip to Hilton Head, S.C., for their spring break trip to take on Coastal Georgia, North Carolina Wesleyan, Carleton and Tufts. The Maroons have split their journey so far, falling to N.C. Wesleyan and defeating Carleton. Chicago is led by three standout players with seven dual wins on the season, sophomore Alexander Golovin, freshman Deepak Sabada and senior Jan Stefanski.

Bulldogs vs. Mocs

Chattanooga has the upper hand in the all-time series, leading the Bulldogs with an 8-6 record. In the last meeting the Mocs swept The Citadel 7-0. The Dogs last beat UTC in 2009 in a 6-1 victory to mark the first conference win for the Bulldogs that season.

Chattanooga

The Mocs are one of only two teams in the Southern Conference to hit to 10-win mark on the season with a 10-4 overall record and 2-2 in SoCon action. Chattanooga is scheduled to play Lee University at the UTC Tennis Center on Thursday before traveling to Charleston to take on the Bulldogs. Pavels Grigorjevs, Manuel Barroetavena and Jackson Tresnan are the three standout players for the Mocs this season and have each complied 10 wins on the year. Both Grigorjevs, a freshman from Riga, Latvia, and Barroetavena, a junior from Buenos Aires, Argentina, have netted a seven-match winning streak to add to their already outstanding accomplishments. In doubles Tresnan and Grigorjevs have teamed up in the No. 3 spot to lead the Mocs with a 6-4 dual record on the year.

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