Bulldog Tennis Commences Conference Schedule this Weekend
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel tennis team will open up its Southern Conference schedule this weekend with a series of meetings on the road against UNC Greensboro on Saturday at noon and Elon on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Citadel netters haven't played in a competitive match since Feb. 10 and remain 5-1 on the season due to their last three matches cancelled because of rain. The Citadel has already matched their win total from a season ago and is off to its best start since 1999.
The Bulldogs are led in singles by senior David Orces (4-1) in the No. 1 position and sophomore Peter Bleach (5-1) in the No. 2 slot. Bleach has already surpassed his win total from last season through the first six matches of the season.
In doubles the pairs of Orces/Oliver Dedding and Elliott Sperr/Alex Howle have both earned a 3-1 record. Sperr and Howle are looking to get a step closer to matching their team-leading 10-win record from last year.
The Spartans have started their season 4-0 winning three-of-four matches at home. A young team that is represented by eight underclassmen on its 10-man roster, UNCG is led by sophomores Randy Phillips and Cameron Smith who are both 4-0 in singles. The doubles tandems of James Dougherty/Phillips and Ahmet Sarioglu/Gaston Mack also remain undefeated at 4-0 in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively.
UNCG holds a 7-5 advantage in the all-time series over the Bulldogs. The Citadel is looking for their first win against the Spartans since the 2008 season. In their last outing UNCG blanked the Bulldogs 7-0 at the Earle Tennis Center.
The Phoenix enter Sunday's match 3-3 on the year having played and lost to three nationally ranked teams including No. 5 Duke, No. 34 NC State and No. 36 Wake Forest.
The team is led by junior Cameron Silverman (3-3) who is currently ranked 26th in the nation in recent ITA singles rankings. Silverman is on a two-match winning streak and is anticipated to match up against Bulldogs' Orces in No. 1 singles. Orces will be looking for his first win against his Phoenix foe as Silverman has a 2-0 advantage over the Bulldog ace.
In doubles the duo of Silverman and Stefan Fortmann (3-2) in the No. 1 position are currently ranked 26th in the nation in recent ITA doubles ranking.
In the past the Bulldogs have struggled against the Phoenix as Elon holds an 11-4 advantage in the series. Elon knocked the Bulldogs out of the Southern Conference Tournament last year in the first round with 4-0 victory to advance to the quarterfinal round.
A recap and results will be available following the conclusion of each match.