Bulldogs Lose Hard-Fought Battle Against Presbyterian College
Charleston, S.C. — David Orces earned his second win at No. 1 singles in a 5-2 loss to Presbyterian College on Saturday. Elliot Sperr also earned points for The Citadel, capturing his first win of the season in No. 6 singles.
Orces defeated Grayson Mills in a thrilling three set match. The Dogs' No. 1 fell short in the first set losing, 5-7, but was able to seize the momentum and take the second set, 6-4 and the tie-breaking final set 13-11.
Sperr (Charleston, S.C.) was victorious over Ryan Walters winning the match 6-0, 7-5. Last season, Sperr tabbed singles wins against Johnson C. Smith and Lenior-Rhyne.
Although freshman Peter Bleach was not able to put up points for the Bulldogs, he played a hard fought match in the No. 2 singles position. Bleach fought off his opponent Rafael Berghaus and took the first set, 6-7, but was unable to hold his Blue Hose foe off losing the second set, 6-4 and the tie-breaking set 13-11.
The duo of Orces and Josh Cook also fought a hard battle in the No. 1 doubles position. Coming off a win against Coastal Carolina, the Bulldog pair was unable to outlast the play of Berghaus and Mills losing 8-7.
Bulldog Head Coach Kemper Baker was encouraged by the improvement he has already seen this season.
"I feel as though our team competed extremely well today. The players showed significant improvement from last week, but just came up a little bit short."
The Dogs hit the road for the first time to season to play Benedict on February 15 at South East Park in Columbia, S.C.
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