Last time the DC matched up against Speedway, the Hawks ended up with a close 3-2 win. So, going into the first round of the Marion County tournament, the boys had to prove they could take on the same team a second time around.
And stick they did.
Despite some rocky first set hiccups and some dropped first sets and nearly dropped sets in tiebreaks, the Hawks pulled out the stops and walked away with a 4-1 win once again at home against the Sparkplugs.
At #1 singles, Charlie Tran knocked out Speedway’s Sam Arle with straight set wins 6-1, 6-2.
At #2 singles, Dakota Atwood fought hard and struggled against Speedway’s Jack Thompson, bringing a close first set, but to no avail. Eventually, Atwood would fall to Thompson 5-7, 3-6 in straight sets.
At #3 singles, Nolan Spivey got off to a rough start against Speedway’s Austin Huddleston, dropping the first set. However, with some collected and well-placed shots, Spivey was able to rally back and force his opponent to make some mistakes, taking the second set and forcing a third set. In the end, Spivey walked away with a third-set finish 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
At #1 doubles, Connor Martin and Justin Wright started with a long game with many deuces that set the stage for a long two set match against Speedway’s Ryan Pettigrew and Devin Issac. The first set was a close one, with the Hawks forcing a tiebreak after being down most of the set. After a close 8-6 victory in the tiebreak, the boys were able to rally into a quick 3-0 lead in the second. Eventually, the Hawks walked away with the win 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.
At #2 doubles, Nick Crider and Jackson Tetrick definitely made it a match. The first set was very cat and mouse against Speedway’s Hay Kaw Htoo and Hunter Woodlock, with a break leading to being broken on both sides. After sacrificing a 5-4 lead, the Hawks had to rally back to force a tiebreak, something the boys had not experienced this season. Eventually, the Hawks broke free with a 7-5 win in the first set, leading into the second. The second set proved just as intense, with the boys starting down 0-3. But, with a bit of breathing and resetting, Crider and Tetrick were able to take command of points and bring back the set to take the win in straight sets 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
The Hawks move on to the second round of County at home tomorrow against the winner between Lawrence North and Brebeuf Jesuit starting at 5 PM. Get up Hawks!