It was one of those bittersweet moments, where you know that you fought your hardest, when you know that it came so close and could have been yours, but you end up falling just short despite the fight.
Tonight, the Hawks felt that weight. But that didn’t stop them from giving them their all. And the 2-3 result was a match that demonstrated that the Hawks are not through yet. Not even close.
After facing Speedway twice last year and coming up short both times, the Hawks were looking for some redemption after ending both times with a lot more to be desired, a match that could prove that they are not the same team they were last year. And that definitely rang true, up and down the court. A lot greater confidence and a lot to look forward to since last these two teams last met.
But in the end, it was Speedway that walked away with the win.
At #1 singles, sophomore Charlie Tran fell to senior Zach Merill 1-6, 2-6. At #2 singles, senior Will Sommers fell to senior Jon Sauter 1-6, 2-6. At #2 doubles, junior Austin Hardin and sophomore Dakota Atwood fell after a tough first set loss to seniors Brandon Dickey and senior Jared Shewmaker 3-6, 1-6.
The highlight matches of the night were at #3 singles and #1 doubles.
After dropping two positions (1 singles and 2 doubles), the Hawks wanted to clinch some points. And after two sets of very long rallies and a lot of running and ball placement, junior Seth Fitzpatrick walked off the court with the first win for the Hawks, defeating junior Sar Moo 6-0, 6-2 and bringing his second win of the season.
#1 doubles once again was the match of the night. Senior Casey Martin and junior Miles Webb don’t like to give up, and tonight that was the definition of their match. After a close first set, and ultimately dropping it 4-6, it was one of those moments where the reset button had to be pushed, but you weren’t sure if it would happen. But, reset they did, and after a short 0-1 deficit, the boys were able to rally against their opponents (senior Griffin Smith and senior Christ Woodlock) and take back the second set 6-4 themselves.
The third set was going to be the decision, and this is where the fighting drive in both Martin and Webb started to shine. Consistency and stamina were the names of the game, and after staying cool and also remaining energetic during the remaining games they were able to walk away with a third set win, and also their third match win of the season.
The Hawks walked away with a 2-3 loss, but it was a loss worth watching and definitely a step in the right direction, with a great hope for next year’s encounter with a now very senior-heavy team.
JV was also able to take another win for the season with a score of 2-1. Highlights include a 8-2 victory by junior Owen Wohlert and freshman Justin Wright and a 5-3 win from freshman duo Dylan Moseley and Connor Martin, both pairings that had never happened before. Sophomore duo Ernesto Rodriguez and Nolan Spivey fought long and hard, but ended up falling short in a set tiebreak with a score of 7-8 (6-8).
Next match up happens tomorrow against Perry Meridian at Perry Meridian. Come out and support your Hawks!