Bulldog Tennis Splits Doubleheader in Spring Break Action
Hilton Head, S.C. – The Citadel tennis team split its doubleheader Thursday at the Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort with a morning loss to New Jersey Institute of Technology, 5-2 and an afternoon victory over Nebraska-Omaha, 6-1.
The Citadel improved its record to 6-9 overall and snapped an eight-match losing streak.
David Orces and Elliott Sperr both went 1-1 on the day in singles. In the morning the Bulldog senior lost to Markus Schultz 6-4, 6-0 from NJIT but defeated UNO's Conner Tieszen 7-5, 6-2. Orces picked up his ninth dual win on the season.
Sperr also defeated his UNO foe Carols Ramos Salazar with scores of 6-0, 6-4. The Charleston native was unable to take down Erik Artursson as the NJIT freshman won 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Dillon Berkabile lost in both his singles matches. The Odyssey Charter graduate lost to the Highlanders' Holger Norregaard 6-4, 6-3 and the Mavericks' John Ellis 6-3, 6-2.
Pauli moved above the .500 mark (6-5) with two victories as the Bulldog junior took down the Highlanders' Fraser Croad 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 and Eric McKnight from UNO 6-0, 6-2.
James Atkinson was defeated by Andres Alban from NJIT 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 4 slot. The Bulldog junior went 0-1 on the day.
Making his second singles appearance this fall Oliver Dedding earned a victory in the No. 4 position over the Mavericks' Matt Frost 6-1, 3-6, 10-3.
In doubles play the Bulldogs won four out of six matches. The Citadel swept Nebraska-Omaha winning in all three doubles positions. Dedding and Orces defeated Tieszen and Ramos Salazar 8-4, while Sperr and Bleach took down Frost and Larson 8-3. Berkabile and Pauli defeated the Greteman brothers, Peter and Nathan, 8-3.
The duo of Orces and Dedding were the lone Bulldogs to be victorious in doubles against New Jersey Institute of Technology as the pair defeated Rousar and Artursson 8-4.
The Citadel netters have a week off before returning to the courts. The Bulldogs will be making up their postponed match against Coker on Mar. 28 at 2 p.m.