Tigers Top Boys, Girls Tennis
Posted: 04/29/2011 - by Jim Field
Boys -- Red Oak 8 Atlantic 1 at Red Oak
Boys JV winners -- Singles Austin Conrad, Cody Ihnen, Jake Arneson, Rob Nichols; Doubles -- Arneson/Nichols
Girls -- Red Oak 8 Atlantic 1 at Atlantic
Girls JV winners -- Singles Tori Dolch; Doubles -- Dolch/Leah Tjepkes, Erika Lees/Hope Bowker, Sasha Barber/Alex Cole
Boys -- Red Oak returns a very seasoned team that was very close last year to making a late run -- I knew we'd have our hands full; Pete Walker at #1 is probably the #2 guy in the conference, and he showed why in 2 wins; Derek got a great win at #2 -- Matt and Derek have been stalwarts in the conference for years now so not surprising they played so evenly; We kind of got buzzsawed at 3, 4, and 5; Matt Cook at #6 was up a set and in control, before getting too conservative and losing the lead and the match -- we need him to play when ahead just like he did at the start and he'll close those matches; Mitch and Derek had a set lead at #1 doubles before letting it get away -- that was probably the most disappointing match of the night, b/c our top 2 guys should win a match vs their 1 and 4 -- they'll rebound, though.
Girls -- Red Oak is who we thought they were -- awfully strong at the top with pretty good depth at the bottom of their lineup -- no real weak spots for them. I thought Liz played outstanding all day, at one point having a break lead in the second and serving 30-0, but Emily caught fire and proved too much; Carli played a very smart match and had her chances against a tough Walker, who played very well -- good match by both girls. Morgan played very steady and smart -- got her serves in and held serve I believe the entire match -- good win for Morgan. Sarah had match point on her racket but couldn't close the deal -- played hard and competed well against Zoey -- I was proud of her efforts in singles. At #6 Tierney ran into a girl from the Czech Republic, who was really on fire and never let Tierney establish any traction. Girls got some tough duals coming up next week with trips to Shen and Harlan, so hopefully this dual will serve them well next week.