Bulldogs Set to Host Four Home Matches this Week
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel tennis team will host East Carolina on Tuesday, James Madison on Wednesday, UNC Greensboro on Thursday and Charlotte on Saturday as it continues their home stretch at the Earle Tennis Center. All matches begin at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Bulldogs suffered a 7-0 loss to Elon to end its four-match winning streak. The Bulldogs dropped to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the Southern Conference, while the Phoenix improved to 4-6 overall and 1-0 in league play.
The Pirates are currently 8-4 while grossing a 7-1 record at home at the ECU Tennis Complex. The team is led by freshmen Damien Brenard (Naliennes, Belgium) and Niels Cleeren (Kozen, Belgium) both with an 8-4 singles record. ECU is also led by sophomore Joran Vliegen who became the first player in East Carolina school history to enter the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Men's Division I National Singles Rankings. Vliegen was ranked 105 in the week of Feb. 16. In doubles play, the duo of Nicolas Soriano and Vliegen lead the Pirates in the top spot with an 8-4 record.
The Bulldogs vs. Pirates
The Pirates will play The Citadel for the eighth time in Bulldogs' program history. The Pirates own a 6-1 advantage over The Citadel, logging their most recent win last season with a 5-2 decision. David Orces and Dillon Berkabile in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, were the lone Bulldogs to tally wins in the loss to ECU. The Citadel's only win against the Pirates came in 2001, the first year the programs ever faced off.
The Dukes are currently 3-3 on the season and have a scheduled match against Winthrop on Tuesday before traveling to Charleston to play The Citadel on Wednesday. In its last outing JMU fell to No. 40 Virginia Tech 7-0 but have earned wins this season against Robert Morris, Christopher Newport and East Carolina. Dukes Head Coach Steve Second in his 17th year at the helm for JMU and welcomes back a roster of experienced players. The Dukes have five juniors and three seniors and are led by junior Greg Vladimirsky at No. 1 singles who is 10-5 overall and 4-2 in dual play, junior Ryan Pool in the No. 2 position with a 9-5 overall record and 4-2 in dual play and junior Florent Senteac with a 9-8 overall record and a 4-2 dual record.
Bulldogs vs. Dukes
The Bulldogs have a 6-3 edge in the all-time series against James Madison, but last season the Dukes defeated The Citadel 5-2. Orces defeated Vladimirsky in the top stop for the Dogs, and James Atkinson produced a point winning in the No. 3 slot over Sentenac.
The Spartans currently hold a 4-5 overall record and are 1-0 the in Southern Conference. UNCG is set to play Coastal Carolina before competing against The Citadel on Thursday. The Spartans are led by sophomore Ahmet Sarioglu this season with a 11-4 overall record and 5-4 dual record. Last season Sarioglu was named second-team All-Southern Conference at No. 4 singles. Senior Orcun Seyrek, in No. 1 singles, also has accumulated five wins on the season. Seyrek was named a first-team All-Southern Conference performer in singles for the third straight year. In doubles action the duo of Sarioglu and Seyrek are 6-3 in the No. 1 slot for the Spartans.
Bulldogs vs. Spartans
The Citadel will face off against the Spartans in its second Southern Conference match of the season. UNC Greensboro has a slight edge over the Bulldogs owning a 6-5 series advantage. Last season at the UNCG Tennis Courts, the Spartans blanked The Citadel 7-0. The Dogs last win against UNCG came in 2008, 7-0.
The 49ers are 6-3 on the season and have defeated two Southern Conferences team this season, UNC Greensboro and Davidson. Charlotte is on a four-match winning streak and will compete against East Carolina on Thursday before trekking to Charleston to play the Bulldogs on Saturday. In the top spot for the 49ers Jack Williams is 9-4 in dual matches on the season and has a hot hand winning the last three matches. Nate Shanok, Anthony Davison and Paul Cisti all currently have eight-win records. In doubles play Alex Calott and Williams are 3-6 in dual matches in the No. 1 spot for the 49ers.
Bulldogs vs. 49ers
The Bulldogs and 49ers have been playing each other since 1994 and Charlotte owns a commanding 9-3 all-time series advantage. Last season the match between the programs was cancelled because of inclement weather. The teams last played in 2010 and The Citadel won in a close battle 4-3. Orces was the only current Bulldog to earn a point for The Citadel in the No. 3 singles position.
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