Bulldogs Host Doubleheader at Earle Tennis Center on Sunday
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel tennis team will host Benedict at 9 a.m., and Spartanburg Methodist at noon in a doubleheader on Sunday in its first home matches of the season at the Earle Tennis Center.
The Bulldogs suffered their first loss after starting the season 3-0 to East Carolina 7-0 on the road this week. The Citadel has matched its best start through four matches since the 1997 season.
The Benedict Tigers will begin their 2013 campaign on Saturday challenging Coker before traveling to Charleston to take on the Bulldogs. A member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athlete Conference, the Benedict men's tennis program welcomes back a veteran squad this season. Under the helm of head coach Gary Taylor, the Tigers are led by sophomore Zibusiso Ndimande, who was named the SIAC's Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year last season, and sophomore Shane Latchman, who was named first-team all-conference in singles and doubles play. Senior Darreus Wheeler also added a notable season, earning second-team all-conference honors.
In their first meeting in program history last season, the Bulldogs won 6-1 as The Citadel swept the doubles and won 6-out-of-7 singles matches.
The Pioneers will enter Sunday's match with an 0-4 record, tallying all four losses on the road. SMC alum Zach Williams was named head coach of the men's and women's programs during the summer of 2012. Before coaching at Spartanburg Methodist, Williams served as head coach at Spartanburg Christian Academy from 2010-12 and led SCA to its first state championship in 2011.
SMC competes in Region 10 of the National Junior College Athletic Association which includes colleges in the Carolinas, Virginia and West Virginia. Last season Spartanburg Methodist made it to the Region 10 championship but fell to USC Lancaster 6-3.
In their first meeting in program history last season, the Bulldog swept the Pioneers 7-0, winning all doubles and singles matches.
A recap and results will be available following the conclusion of the match.