South varsity tennis won its sixth league match against the Rangers, and it wasn’t easy. North continues to improve under their new coach, and South required a comeback to hold onto victory.
At second doubles, Lucas Hamilton and Cole Wiedenaar looked strong winning in straight sets. Cole was making his varsity debut after posting an undefeated record on JV this season. He and Lucas constantly showed that an aggressive net game and pinpoint crosscourt shots are exactly how you win doubles matches. This is a combination you may be hearing more about in future South matches.
First doubles went to three sets, with Francis Tran and Liam Foss taking on Josh Dill and Ryan Bechtel of North. After a quick first set to South, North bounced back and took the second set convincingly. The third set went back and forth, not unlike a see-saw or one of those YouTube videos where a person mouths the words of two people having a conversation (I’m trying to appeal to multiple generations with my comparisons). After saving multiple match points, Liam and Francis looked to take over at the end, but North proved relentless. A very close match went to the Rangers.
Grady Munson played singles against a very patient Ryan Pirosko. Every time Grady figured out a way to counter his slow and steady game, Ryan would get even steadier (and slower?). Tennis can be won with power, which Grady possesses, but it is often won by the player who just refuses to make errors. Excellent effort by our freshman star, but the North senior was a wily veteran.
Zach Barrus moved from his doubles spot to play second singles and he might of had his mind on The Promenade. He made pretty quick work of his opponent with aggressive forehands and steady backhands. Zach’s singles triumph suggest he may be ready to show off new dance moves at The Promenade.
So, if you are keeping track, the match is tied 2-2, leaving Conor Munson on court 1. Conor won the first set 6-1, but his opponent Elijah Gulley fought back for a 4-1 and 5-2 lead in the second set. Conor then found his inner reverse RNA virus blaster and roared back to take the match 7-6. He never faced a match point and the tiebreaker was 7-3. That would make Conor the deciding match, as he continues to establish himself as the future leader of the team.
S1 Connor Munson (S) def. Elijah Gulley (N) 6-1, 7-6 [7-3]
S2 Zach Barrus (S) def. Scott Blatnik (N) 6-0, 6-3
S3 Ryan Pirosko (N) def. Grady Munson (S) 6-3, 6-2
D1 Josh Dill and Ryan Bechtel (N) def. Francis Tran and Lian Foss (S) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
D2 Cole Wiedenaar and Lucas Hamilton (S) def. Alex Ratacjzak and Floyd Lomis (N) 2-6, 6-4