Last year on senior night, the Hawks struggled to capitalize and walked away with a 0-5 defeat.
This year, the Hawks walked away with some redemption as well as one of the best matches the team has had all season with a close yet very well-played 3-2 victory over Lutheran at home on Thursday. On both sides of the fence, both varsity and JV played well, and 13 of the 15 players on the team (including all five featured seniors) walked off the court with a win.
At #1 singles, sophomore Charlie Tran once again fought hard against senior Hogan Scanlan, but came up just a bit short in the end, dropping both sets 3-6, 3-6.
At #1 doubles, senior Casey Martin and junior Miles Webb walked away with their combined sixth win of the season over Jonas Akers and freshman Cohl Erwin 6-1, 6-0 in straight sets. At #2 doubles, junior Austin Hardin and sophomore Dakota Atwood took down sophomore Riley Settlemyre and freshman Reese Bullock in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
The fight was in the singles matches that remained. At #3 singles, junior Seth Fitzpatrick played one incredible match against senior Matthew Alter. Down 0-5 in the first set, Fitzpatrick shook out the issues and managed to win, for the first time in this team’s history, ALL 7 games in a row to steal the first set from Alter. However, Alter answered back with a strong game of cat and mouse, and ended up taking the second set himself 7-5, forcing a third set tiebreak for the win. In the end, Fitzpatrick fell in the tiebreak, losing to Alter 7-5, 5-7, 0-1 (4-10), a very consistent and competitive pairing.
The match of the night came at two singles. Senior Will Sommers started off the afternoon struggling to find his place on the court against his opponent senior Nik Jeffries. Almost every point, Jeffries would rush the net, focing Sommers’ hand to respond. After a quick first set 0-6, something started to happen. Something shifted, and the end of the tunnel started to become more clear. Sommers started the comeback that would turn out to be the comeback of the night.
The second set began with a 3-0 lead over Jeffries, and it was evident that Will started to get under his opponent’s skin with very consistent power in his first serve. Jeffries would steal a couple games off of Sommers, but Will ended up with the second set 6-2, forcing a third. But very little changed in the game plan. Sommers had the momentum and the confidence. Following a point penalty in the 4-1 changeover against Jeffries for ball abuse, Sommers cruised through the last two games to take the set, the match, and bring home the win for the Hawks over Lutheran 3-2.
JV had a shutout night, taking all six matches played and five of them 8-0 shutouts. Senior DJ Wooden took his first win of the season 8-0 against freshman Josh Knippenberg, and seniors Peyton Lucas and Braeden Parton defeated sophomore Hpung San Aung and senior Ricardo Xu 8-5.
All five seniors took the night by storm with victories, and needless to say it was a celebration! The Hawks have one more home match as a makeup against Pike on Monday. Come out and support your Hawks! It’s been a great season!