's Burling nabs 500th career victory
GRANVILLE, Ohio - Denison head coach Peter Burling picked up the 500th victory over his career following the Big Red's 9-0 win over Ohio Wesleyan University on Tuesday from the Mitchell Center in Granville, Ohio. With the win, the men's team improves to 6-0 on the year and 1-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference West Division.
Burling is in his 20th season at Denison. He has notched 292 victories in his 20 years as the head men's tennis coach, while leading DU to seven NCAC titles and a ninth-place finish in the NCAA Tournament in 1998. In 13 years as the women's skipper, Burling has recorded 208 victories, won eight-straight conference championships and led the Big Red to a third-place finish at nationals in 2008.
The No. 1 doubles team of Matt McErlean and Nate Hobrath knocked off OWU's Brandon Luttinger and John Rissell, 8-5, while the second doubles tandem of Jared Connolly and Tim Martin defeated Will Thieman and Scott Hellberg, 8-4. Denison completed the sweep with an 8-1 victory by Tom Cawoodand Adam Seeley.
In singles action, Cawood won in straight-sets over Luttinger (6-2, 6-1) at the first flight, while McErlean earned a 6-1, 6-3 win at second singles and Hobrath picked up a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No. 3 singles over Thieman. Evan Verbofsky, Connolly and Seeley closed out the final three singles flights with straight-set wins.
Denison returns to the court on Wednesday (March 24) when they host Mount Union College at 4 p.m.