October 28, 2012

Sperr Wins Singles Flight Championship at The Citadel Fall Invitational

The Citadel Flight Results

Tournament Flight Results

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel tennis team's Elliott Sperr won the singles flight-6 championship, as the Bulldogs hosted The Citadel Fall Invitational at the Earle Tennis Center this past weekend. This feat marked Sperr's best performance as The Citadel netters conclude their fall campaign.

The Bulldog junior routed three different opponents during the course of the weekend in his quest as the flight-6 victor.

On a clear Friday morning, Sperr opened the first round of play defeating Georgia Southern's Rafael Racy in straight sets by scores of 7-5, 6-2.

Effects of Hurricane Sandy hit Charleston all day Saturday and kept the teams from taking the courts. Day two play was delayed until Sunday. 

During the final day of competition Sperr took down Bethune-Cookman's Kip Jackson in the morning session with scores of 6-2, 6-4. To finalize his best performance of the fall, the Porter-Gaud graduate routed USC Upstate's Jacob Darling in two quick sets 6-3, 6-3.

Sperr was the lone Bulldog to achieve three wins during the course of the weekend. With the conclusion of the invitational Sperr improved his singles fall record to 5-4.

Nine different Bulldogs hit the courts during the course of the weekend.  David Orces had an outstanding performance at the invitational, as the Bulldog senior earned two singles wins defeating USC Upstates's Yvon Haessig and Bethune-Cookman's Seve Day on the final day of play in flight-1 singles. Orces went 2-1 on the weekend losing only to Southern Conference foe Matthijs Verdam in the opening round. To close out play Orces accumulated a 14-4 singles record over his fall campaign.

Bulldog freshman Matt McGill delivered a solid performance with a 2-0 record in flight-7 singles. The Atlanta, Ga., native defeated GSU's Daniel Rush in a three-set battle 3-6, 6-3, 10-7. McGill concluded his weekend with a win over Bethune-Cookman's Gilbert Rotich with scores of 7-6, 6-2.

Three different Bulldog tandems earned at least one doubles win. Pairing up for the second tournament this fall Orces and Oliver Dedding earned a win in flight-1 doubles over Georgia Southern's Kyle Hoffman and Verdam with a score of 8-5.

Peter Bleach and Alex Howle teamed up for the first time to post a 1-2 record over the weekend. The Bulldog duo defeated GSU's Patrick Doherty and Rafael Racy 8-5 in flight-2 doubles on the first day of the invitational.

Finally, Sperr and Jackson Pride earned their first win as a duo, defeating Leonardo Lima and Kip Jackson from Bethune-Cookman, 8-4, to secure a 1-2 record in flight-3 doubles.

The Citadel Fall Invitational marked the end of fall tournament play this year. The Bulldogs will prepare over the next few months for their first spring match against Clemson on Jan.14 at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center at 4 p.m.

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