Tonight was a very solid night for the Hawks for the last match of the night on home turf against Covenant Christian. Overall, the boys took another 0-5 loss, but it was a loss that gave us a lot of hope for the coming seasons, as not only was it a night to celebrate our two seniors but also for a chance for us to experiment with some new pairings in the lineup.
The night started by honoring our two seniors this season: AJ Wright and Jalen Hennessy. They have been an encouraging pair to lead this young and budding group of boys through a very tough season with a lot of challenges and small successes. They will be greatly missed as we move forward into the coming seasons, but so incredibly thankful for the time we have been able to share together. They have left a profound impact!
Singles faced strong opponents while also embracing a lot of changes to the lineup, with both two and three singles being manned by members that have never played singles! At one singles, senior AJ Wright took another fight to the court against his opponent, rallying often and making great decisions in quick moments, but was edged by his opponent, being robbed of advantages at deuce and going down 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Seth Fitzpatrick made his singles debut, deucing his opponent almost every game and rallying hard, but also fell 6-1, 6-2. Junior Casey Martin took on three singles for the first time, and despite quick movement around the court and lots of good rallies, he was outplayed with a lot of spin by his opponent and finished the night with a 1-6, 1-6 loss as well.
At doubles, half of the lineup remained unchanged, with two doubles senior Jalen Hennessy taking on their opponents with aggression, but ending the evening with a 6-0, 6-1 loss.
The match of the night however was also our biggest experiment of all. Freshman Charlie Tran and junior Will Sommers have never played doubles together, and all season have manned our two singles and three singles positions. But because of a desire to see what future seasons could bring, they took on one doubles. And they fought hard! A lot of good strokes, consistent serving, and creative topspin and slice made for a very exciting match. Unfortunately, they fell short of a win, but didn’t quit the whole evening, losing to their opponents 7-5, 6-4.
All in all, it was a great night of tennis! But though the last home match has been checkoff the list, the season is not over! One more guaranteed match is yet to come, as the Hawks take on Scecina Memorial High School in the first round of sectionals tomorrow at Southport High School. Come out and root on the Hawks as the postseason goes underway.