The first time the Hawks faced Perry Meridian, the boys left the court with a lot to be desired, and the 0-5 loss certainly didn’t feel too great either. But they knew they had a second chance coming later in the season, and Monday was that day as the Marion County Tournament kicked off at home.
Unfortunately, a different lineup had our Hawks shook and they once again struggled to capitalize against once again consistent opponents.
#1 singles sophomore Charlie Tran faced off against junior Sajin Smith, and after many hard points and very little opportunity to strike back against a strong opponent Tran fell 0-6, 0-6. At #2 singles, senior Will Sommers once again took on senior David Mang and saw similar results, yet playing a much longer and more consistent match. Eventually, at the end, Sommers fell 0-6, 0-6.
At #3 singles, junior Seth Fitzpatrick faced off against a new opponent, senior Victor Barona, who played one doubles the first time the team was played. So, needless to say, it was a different vibe. The first set was tough for Fitzpatrick, and failed to find the rhythm with a quick 1-6 loss. However, the second set felt and looked a lot different, with a strong comeback to force a tiebreak for the second set. Unfortunately, Fitzpatrick couldn’t close out the tiebreak and ended the match 1-6, 6-7 (3-7), giving the third point to Perry.
Doubles faced similar difficulties. At #2 doubles, junior Austin Hardin and sophomore Dakota Atwood had different opponents (one a previous one doubles player and one the previous three singles player). A lot of inconsistency cost the boys a lot of points, and they ended up falling 0-6, 1-6 to freshman Enzio Salemi and junior Tristen Nguyen. #1 doubles senior Casey Martin and junior Miles Webb (“Masey”) fought long and hard and also struggled to find the rhythm against their new duo on the other side of the court, senior Nick Huckleberry and sophomore Issac Mang. The first set was shorter than the first, but the second set picked up speed, with “Masey” also forcing a second set tiebreak. Eventually, the boys couldn’t take the tiebreak and ended 1-6, 6-7 (1-7), giving the final point to Perry.
Despite a tough loss, the boys are looking forward to some more opportunities for good tennis this week as they hit the road Wednesday to play Arsenal Tech at Tech and celebrate senior night on Thursday against Lutheran at home. Come out and support your Hawks!