April 7, 2013

Pride, Sperr Earn Individual Wins in 5-2 Loss to Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tenn., - Charleston natives, Jackson Pride and Elliott Sperr, each earn individual victories as The Citadel tennis team fell to Chattanooga in a 5-2 decision Sunday afternoon at the UTC Tennis Courts.

The Bulldogs drop to 7-12 overall and 0-9 in the Southern Conference and the Mocs improve to 10-8 overall and 5-4 in league play.

The duo of David Orces and Oliver Dedding defeated Ankit Chopra and Roberto Vieira 8-6, but the Mocs took the doubles point winning in the No. 2 and 3 positions. The Bulldog tandem picked up their 10th win as a pair and improved their SoCon record to 3-5.

In the No. 5 slot Elliott Sperr defeated John Peacey in a three-set battle. Sperr took the early lead with a 6-2 win in the first set, but fell 6-2 in the second. The Bulldog junior would take the third set 6-3 to earn a point for The Citadel.

Jackson Pride earned his first conference victory with a win over Luke Saunders 6-2, 6-2.  

The Citadel will resume play this weekend as the season comes to a close. The Bulldogs will take on Birmingham Southern on Friday at 2 p.m., and will conclude the season at Samford on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Southern Conference tournament is hosted by Elon this year and will begin on Apr. 18.

Singles competition

1. Roberto Vieira (UTC) def. David Orces (CIT) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4)
2. Manuel Barroetavena (UTC) def. Dillon Berkabile (CIT) 6-1, 6-0
3. Ankit Chopra (UTC) def. Peter Bleach (CIT) 6-4, 6-2
4. Jackson Tresnan (UTC) def. Oliver Dedding (CIT) 7-6, 6-0
5. Elliott Sperr (CIT) def. John Peacey (UTC) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
6. Jackson Pride (CIT) def. Luke Saunders (UTC) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. David Orces/Oliver Dedding (CIT) def. Ankit Chopra/Roberto Vieira (UTC) 8-6
2. Chris Smith/Stephen Crofford (UTC) def. Peter Bleach/James Atkinson (CIT) 8-4
3. Manuel Barroetavena/Jackson Tresnan (UTC) def. JC Pauli/Dillon Berkabile (CIT) 8-6

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