Bulldogs Take On Non-Conference Foes in Weekend Matches
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel tennis team will return to the courts this weekend with two non-conferences matches on the road. The Bulldogs will travel to Hartsville, S.C., to take on Coker on Saturday at noon before making their way to Greensboro, N.C., on Sunday for a clash against Guilford at 11 a.m.
Through six matches the Bulldogs have accumulated a 5-1 record to mark their best start since 1999. The Citadel netters have already matched their win total from a season ago and will be looking to add two more victories before entering SoCon play in March.
The Cobras are off to a 2-2 start this season despite being winless at home. Coker has endured a rigorous schedule having played and lost to two nationally ranked Division II programs, #8 Lander and #20 Francis Marion.
The team is led by two freshmen, Tom Sizeland who has accrued a 4-0 singles record in the No. 2 slot and Andre Staab with a 3-1 singles record in the No.1 position.
As a member of Conference Carolinas, Coker is a Division II program that was predicted to finish fifth in the CCA preseason poll among schools located in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The Citadel and Coker tennis programs will be meeting for the first time as its one and only scheduled match dating back to 1989 was cancelled for unknown reasons.
The Quakers will face off against conference opponent Va. Wesleyan before entering their match against the Bulldogs on Sunday morning. Guilford is currently 0-1 on the season following at 9-0 loss in its season opener against Pfeiffer.
Guilford, a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference was awarded a third place ranking in the preseason coaches' poll, marking its first ranking since the 2006 season. The Quakers welcome back five letter winners from last year's team including sophomore captain and 2011 first team all-ODAC honoree, Turner Votipka.
The Bulldogs own a 2-1 advantage over the Quakers dating back to the Don Bunch era. The Citadel last played Guilford back in 1987 and defeated the Quakers 5-4.
Don Bunch was the head coach of The Citadel tennis program for 30 years, an honorary inductee of The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame (1987) as well as the person whom the tennis courts are named after.
A recap and results will available following the conclusion of each match.