Boys Varsity Tennis
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Apr 27, 2018
- SKYHAWKS: 5
WEST CARROLLTON HIGH SCHOOL: 0
It was a windy afternoon on Friday at the Community Park Courts but the sun was shining brightly on the host Skyhawks as they defeated GWOC South foe West Carrollton 5-0 for their third win of the season.
"Everyone played hard and kept playing even when things went against them. I was very proud of the team tonight."
West Carrollton came with only six players so Fairborn started with one win already before even taking the courts.
"We knew we had a pretty good chance of winning going in to the match, then their coach told us that their #1 player was unable to play tonight, so Brandon Schmidt (#1 singles) volunteered to sit out and take the forfeit win. What that basically did was take the win at the #1 spot, then our actual #2 played their #2 and our #3 played their #3, even though officially they were playing at #1 and #2...I think our kids enjoyed the idea of playing a spot higher and it motivated them. The West Carrollton team appreciated the fact that they felt like they had a more fair chance than if we had kept our lineup the same."
With all that settled it was time for the matches to get underway. It didn't take long for the Skyhawks to get the overall match victory. The first one off the courts was Caleb Smith at #2 singles. He rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over WC's Ethan Glasgow.
Next one off, taking their third straight win at #2 doubles was the freshman duo of Nghi Nguyen and Silas Smith. The also won 6-0, 6-0, defeating Brenna Fine and Gabriela Arelianno.
"These three players just keep getting better each time they go out, and they are gaining confidence as well. It is fun to coach them because you see them trying the things you suggest. They are also having fun out there, which is always important."
The two remaining matches were much closer, required tie-breakers and both finished within a few minutes of each other.
At #1 doubles, it was Harry Huynh and Janiel Buita playing together again, and after dropping the first set 4-6, they came roaring back for a 6-1 second set win. Since the overall team match had been decided, they played a super tie-breaker, in which they scratched out an 11-9 win which sealed their first victory together as teammates.
"These two have a unique style where Janiel always ends up playing at the net, while Harry always drops back and plays the baseline. It took them a match and the first set of tonight's match to get things figured out, but once they did, their play got so much better, and you could tell they were really enjoying playing that way together."
As the doubles super tie-breaker was approaching its conclusion, the #1 singles match between Mei Lin Kuttila and WC's Derek Hwang was entering a second set tie-breaker. Mei Lin took the first set 6-2, but had a tougher time closing out the second set, so at 6-6 they had to play a tie-breaker. The two went back and forth until they reached a 6-6 tie. Mei Lin won the next two points to take the tie-breaker 8-6 and win the match, wrapping up the 5-0 Skyhawk win.
The win raised Fairborn's record to 3-10, and moved them into third place in the GWOC South. A win on Tuesday over Xenia would clinch that spot for the Skyhawks. Before that match though, the team will travel to Piqua on Monday afternoon.