It’s been a short season and a long season all at the same time. Short because the competitions are so many in such a short period of time, and yet it’s been long because of a lot of hard fought battles and ultimately coming short, both individually and collectively as a tennis team.
But after this afternoon, the Hawks were able to celebrate another victory, taking a 3-2 win over Beech Grove for the second time in two years. And that always makes things sting a little less.
The Hawks started off strong out of the gate in all five positions, and four of the five spots succeeding in taking the first set off the Hornets. But as the evening progressed, the Hornets started to sting back, and not everyone ended as strong as they started.
At #1 singles, sophomore Charlie Tran once again struggled to capitalize on his opponent’s errors. After a lot of long rallies and some powerful shots, eventually Tran fell short to junior Collin Eckstein 2-6, 1-6.
#2 singles senior Will Sommers also faced a tough end to a long match. After a quick 6-0 win in the first set, the aches of injury began to seep in, and his opponent junior Trent Eckstein began to pick up steam. Sommers managed to shave off a 4-1 lead down to a 4-6 loss in the second set, but the decision was made when some double faults and unforeced errors took away the third set tiebreak from Sommers, ending the night 6-0, 4-6, 0-1 (8-10).
The rest of the lineup walked away with a bit more success.
First up was #2 doubles. After a lot of uncertainty and injuries, junior Austin Hardin and sophomore Dakota Atwood were ready for some redemption. And redemption they found. They were able to walk away with a quick two-set 6-0, 6-0 win against sophomore Cameron Reed and freshman Matthew Pettigrew.
#1 doubles duo senior Casey Martin and junior Miles Webb (“Masey” for short) made another successful run against their opponents, senior Levi Miller and junior Dean Hayward. After a slow start in the first set, “Masey” was able to build the momentum and turn on the heat, taking the first set 6-2. And that heat continued to build all the way until the end of the match, with a second 6-2 set to end the afternoon.
#3 singles junior Seth Fitzpatrick continued to show great promise as he rallied with his opponent, sophomore Cody Sheppard many times. Fitzpatrick struggled to find his groove early in the first set, and Sheppard was able to take a few games, but as the set went on Fitzpatrick began to move past hesitation and dial in on his strengths. After taking the first set, Fitzpatrick continued to rally his way to each game put in front of him. After all was said and done, the tie between the teams was broken, and Fitzpatrick defeated Sheppard 6-3, 6-1 to bring home the win for the Hawks, and a second consecutive win against Beech Grove.
JV was unable to compete due to Beech Grove’s small team, but are eager to take on their next match!
The next match will take place at home (tentatively) on Thursday in a make-up match against Greenwood. Come out and support your Hawks!