Kings Tennis Play Valiantly Against The Berries

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The Lewis Cass Tennis team played its season opener last night against the Logansport Berries, narrowly losing by a 3-2 score. Despite a valiant effort, the Kings could not pull it out as they were one point shy of clenching the win. 

Cass coach Matt Hurst commented, “The guys played tough last night, fighting for every point and never giving up. We came back from behind in many of the sets. Looking ahead, the guys need to work on placement. Singles players need to keep the ball out of the middle of the court while the doubles teams need to quit hitting the ball to the net man!” 

C.J. Burrous was at the number one singles position and won by a comfortable margin of 2-0 with set scores of 6-1 and 6-2. The two opponents played very similarly conservative games, but Burrous ended up clinching the win. 

The number two doubles team of Brent Johnson and David Woolever also earned a win for the Kings. Woolever recalled, “We came out strong and won in the first set. We almost fell apart in the second but we held it together and won. I was happy with our performance.”

At number two singles, Jack Salyers put up a good fight versus a seasoned and older competitor. Unfortunately, Jack couldn’t pull off the win. Despite a comeback in the second set, Jack lost 2-6, 7-5, and 2-6. Regardless of the outcome, Jack worked hard and tried his best, which is all anyone can ask for. Salyers commented that, “Last night was super fun getting out there and playing for the first time after practicing all summer. The nerves got to me during the first set but as the game went on I felt more confident in my play. With that being said I’m excited for what our team can do this season.”

At number three singles, newly appointed varsity player Gannon Davis also fell just short. Davis lost 6-1, and 6-2. Despite the score, Gannon worked very hard and should be proud of his effort last night. Davis remarked that “my match can best be described as frustrating, but it felt like I have improved a lot since last year.”

At number two doubles, we had two rookies, Dominic Gilbert and Jensen Burrous. The inexperienced doubles team lost 6-1, 6-2. Burrous reflected, “This was our first varsity match and we did as well as we could. Now we know what to practice for in matches moving forward!”

The Kings saw some success from their JV last night with wins coming from singles player Ethan Johnson and doubles team Blaine Rudd and Nolan Young. Rudd asserted, “I think it was a good match for my partner and I. It was our first match ever and we ended up pulling out the win.”

The Kings will be hosting their annual Lewis Cass Invite this Saturday. The event, in which we will see Lewis Cass compete in dual meets against Maconaquah, Eastern, and Tippy Valley, starts at 8:30 a.m.  

 

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