No one likes to go down to another team in a shutout. But the shutout stings a little bit less when the fight is present from start to finish, regardless of the outcome. And that’s exactly what the Hawks ended up showing: that once again, they weren’t going to go down without a fight.
In the second of three matches this week, and a couple of guys coming off of a solid win to Speedway the previous night, the morale was definitely boosted. But, despite the boost, reality quickly set in for a lot of our boys as Perry brought their all.
#1 singles sophomore Charlie Tran went on the court and was bested quickly by his opponent, junior Sajin Smith, who has proven himself to be a contender not only in the conference but also in the state. Both sets were quick, and Tran walked off the court almost as quickly as he went on, 0-6, 0-6. At #2 singles, senior Will Sommers also faced tough opposition against senior David Mang, who fought with great power and strong consistency. Sommers fought hard, but walked away with a 0-6, 0-6 defeat as well.
#2 doubles also struggled. Sophomore Dakota Atwood faced a minor injury that threw him off his game from his match against Speedway the night before, and he and his partner junior Austin Hardin fell 2-6, 1-6 against senior Nick Huckleberry and freshman Isaac Mang.
The battle spots were at #3 singles and #1 doubles. At #3 singles, junior Seth Fitzpatrick faced an opponent that was just as consistent as he was. In some ways, it was like looking in a mirror! After many long rallies and a lot of give and take on both sides, eventually Fitzpatrick fell to freshman Enzio Salemi 3-6, 4-6.
#1 doubles faced yet another long grueling match. After taking the first set 6-3, senior Casey Martin and junior Miles Webb received some pushback from their opponents on the other side of the court, senior Raj Dheer and junior Victor Barona. In the second set, the vision waned and Perry answered back with a 6-2 take to match the first set by Martin/Webb.
It all came down to the third set, with a lot of fight to see who could be more consistent. With a 2-5 deficit against Perry, it seemed like the match was coming to its close. But Martin and Webb fought back to bring it to a 5-6 match. In the end however, their battle came to a close, with Martin and Webb dropping the last set 5-7, but says nothing about the drive and the will to win. Because it was present, and everyone on the courts could see it.
JV was able to walk away with a bit of success on the other side of the complex. Sophomore Nolan Spivey walked away with a close win over Ryan Wombles after dropping the first set 3-6 to come back with a 8-6 (10-8 tiebreak) win. Also, freshman Connor Martin and freshman Dylan Moseley walked away with a tiebreak win against Nick Kriech and JAck Smith 6-1, 0-6 (10-6).
With another match ahead Wednesday, it’s time to regroup. The Hawks are tired, but they’re not through yet. Next match is tomorrow against Franklin Community. Come out and support your Hawks!