The Bulldogs Will Conclude Regular Season on the Road Against Samford and Spartanburg Methodist
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel tennis team will finish its regular season on the road against Samford on Saturday at 2 p.m., and a non-conference bout with Spartanburg Methodist on Monday at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs (7-12, 0-9 SoCon) head into the matchup on Saturday looking for their first conference victory before entering the SoCon tournament on Apr. 18.
David Orces and Peter Bleach remain the singles leaders as both have earned 11 wins on the season. The doubles tandem of Orces and Oliver Dedding lead all pairs with a 10-7 overall mark and 3-6 conference record.
Samford will compete in its final road match of the season against Georgia Southern Friday afternoon before taking on The Citadel netters on Saturday. Heading into the match Samford currently stands in third-place with an 11-8, 6-2 SoCon record.
Freshman Fares Kilani (12-6, 5-2 SoCon) leads a Samford unit that has put forth a complete team effort during the 2013 season. Kilani was recently named the Southern Conference's Men's Tennis Player of the Week for all matches played April 1-7. The Tunis, Tunisia native is the only tennis player this season to earn this weekly award twice after receiving the honor on Feb. 26.
Citadel interim head coach, Oliver Reynolds, a member of Samford's 2011 SoCon Championship team will go head-to-head against his former team. Seniors Alex Sajonz and Zac Dunkle along with junior Garrison Laduca are the only three remaining players from the 2011 squad that played alongside Reynolds.
The match scheduled for Monday on the road against SMU is a makeup from the cancelled match on Feb. 23 due to rain.
The Citadel defeated Spartanburg Methodist earlier this season at the Earle Tennis Center on Feb. 10, as the Bulldogs blanked the Pioneers 7-0 en route to winning in all six singles positions and sweeping doubles matches.
SMU (0-10) has yet to earn a win this season. The Pioneers compete 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.
A recap and results will be available following the conclusion of each match.