Varsity tennis remains undefeated
Numerous road trips have defined the early schedule for the varsity tennis team and last week was no different as the team traveled to Clio, Sandusky and Caro for a series of conference and non-conference match-ups. All 16 players saw court time as the netters posted three more wins to remain undefeated for the season.
First up were the Mustangs of Clio where the Eagles posted a narrow 5-3 win. With the score tied 3-3 late in the contest, Brian Pierce and Connor Knieling won the four singles and one singles flights respectfully in closely contested three setters to seal the win for the Eagles. Other flight winners were Joey Seder at two singles(6-3, 6-3), Brian May at three singles (6-0, 6-0) and Alex Engel/Troy Zehnder at two doubles (6-3, 7-5). Ethan Hollande/Kenton Hoffman and Josh Bierlein/Sam Neirink played well in losses at three and four doubles respectfully and Spencer Hoffman/Ben Barrett dropped a close three set match-up at one doubles to round out the scoring.
On Tuesday, the team traveled to Sandusky and blanked the Redskins 8-0 in a match that was much closer than the final score indicated.
“Just about all the flights were very competitive match-ups which are really what we like best. We continue to win matches that go to three sets which I think indicates a team that has become very comfortable and confident when they find themselves in those situations,” stated Coach Friend.
The doubles flights of Carson Waites/Connor Lamb (1D), Josh Haubenstricker/Alex Borchard (2D), Spencer Hoffman/Ben Barrett (3D) and Alex Engel/Troy Zehnder (4D) all won in straight sets with a combined 48 wins to 12 losses ratio. The singles flights were much closer with Connor Knieling (1S) posting a three set win 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 followed by two singles player Joey Seder notching his own three setter 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-3. Brian May and Brian Pierce at three and four singles won 6-3, 6-3 and 6-3, 6-4 respectfully.
The team closed out the week with a Thursday visit to TVC league rival Caro where the Eagles tallied a 7-1 win. Brian May opened the scoring with a strong 6-1, 6-1 win at three singles to notch his third win of the week.
rian has really improved his game and provided depth to our singles flights. If we want to go far in the TVC tournament and MHSAA regional, the three and four singles and doubles flights will be the difference makers,” added Coach Smith.
Connor Knieling followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win at one singles and Alex Engel/Troy Zehnder followed at four doubles with a 6-2, 6-3 win. Josh Haubenstricker/Alex Borchard moved the Eagles to a 4-0 lead with a dominant 6-1, 6-1 win at two doubles. Joey Seder tallied the all-important fifth flight win with a close 7-5, 7-5 win at two singles. Brian Pierce played well in a loss at four singles and then the team got to watch two three set matches on back to back courts with Carson Waites/Connor Lamb winning at one doubles in a dramatic third set tie breaker 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) and Spencer Hoffman/Ben Barrett coming from behind to win 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 at three doubles. ll four of those guys have experience at the highest level of competitive tennis. They kept their cool and stayed focused. There was a lot of cheering and potential distraction, but the men zeroed in and found a way to win.
“I was proud of them,” concluded Coach Coulter.
The week ahead is a big week for the netters as perennial powers Essexville Garber and Chesaning are on the docket.
“We’re in the hunt for the TVC championship. It’s a great place to be,” concluded Friend.