Bulldogs Fall to East Carolina 5-2
Charleston, S.C. – Elliott Sperr and Alex Howle earned victories for The Citadel in a 5-2 loss to East Carolina in the first of four home matches this week at the Earle Tennis Center. The Bulldogs dropped to 4-4 on the season while the Pirates improved their record to 9-4.
In No. 5 singles, Sperr defeated Damien Bernard in an exciting three-set match. The sophomore went up early taking the first set 6-2, but Bernard rallied from behind to take the second set 7-6. Sperr clinched the point for The Citadel winning the third 7-5. The Porter Gaud graduate leads the Bulldogs with six wins on the season.
Howle added a point for the Bulldogs defeating David Masciorini in three sets in the No. 6 position. Similar to his teammate Sperr, Howle went up early taking the first set 6-4, but his Pirate foe recollected himself to take the second 6-3. In the tie-break, Howle sealed the win taking the set 10-8. The freshman improved his dual record to 4-3.
Dillon Berkabile, although unable to claim a victory, played a thrilling match against Niels Cleeren. Playing in the No. 3 position for the first time this season, Berkabile forced his opponent to three sets after falling in the opening set 6-2. The sophomore would use the momentum to carry him through the second set to take it 6-2 but would lose 6-3 in the final set. Berkabile is now 1-2 on the season.
East Carolina claimed the doubles point by sweeping the Bulldogs in in all three positions. David Orces and Peter Bleach fell to Joran Vliegen and Cleeren in the No. 1 position 8-4, dropping The Citadel duo to a 4-2 record. In the No. 2 slot, Berkabile and James Atkinson fell to Nicolas Soriano and Bernard 8-5, and in the No. 3 spot, Sperr and Howle were defeated by Patriek Wolterbeek and John Schmitt 8-4.
The Dogs will return to the courts again on Wednesday as they host James Madison at 1 p.m. at the Earle Tennis Center.
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