MONROE —The Glenbrook Apache Neters opened the 2012 season with the River Oaks Mustangs in Monroe.
The dual match began a season of re-establishing for the Apaches as it marked a return to Class A classification and a team filled with inexperienced talent. Coach Wayne Orr noted that of his 11 team members 8 are first-year participants.
"Our two juniors and one freshman received match play action last year," he said. "But the other members will be asked to fill the void for our having graduated seven lettermen. However, the youngsters are improving, are becoming confident in their abilities, and are looking forward to the challenges of the season."
The contest with River Oaks resulted in a loss, but the prospects of more prosperous matches were rather evident.
"We have only four boys; we must forfeit two points of the nine in each dual match —#2 boys' singles and #2 boys' doubles," Orr said. "After regulated matches, we played other members of the Mustangs in three eight-game pro sets; we won each of them. It was definitely encouraged and well-pleased with our play."
Girls' Singles - Amelia Christy defeated Becca Causey 6-3, 6-2 in No. 1 singles, the Apaches' lone win.
"Amelia is a sixth-grader and is developing her game as she matures and as she becomes more efficient in strategy. She enjoys the game," Orr said.
At the No. 2 position, Lexie Martin was defeated by Taylor Schwab 7-5, 6-2.
"Lexie is an eighth-grader who played a few matches last year," said Orr. "She is continuing to learn how to win and to develop her game."
Boys' Singles - Noah Woodard was defeated by Zaib Quyyum 6-1, 6-3.
"At No. 1, Noah is our most experienced player, having played doubles for the past three seasons," Orr said. "He will become more of a consistent singles' competitor."
Girls' Doubles - Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine lost to Jennifer Henry and Leah Spence 7-5, 6-4.
"This was a closely-contested match; however, our unforced errors led to defeat."
In the No. 2 doubles' match, Abigail Gilbert and Bridget Cone were defeated by Anna Rogers and Kara Bryan 6-3, 6-4.
"These two teams were evenly matched in skill and in experience," said Orr. "We simple could not hold serve. Also, learning to be a 'team of one' is an asset in doubles."
Boys' Doubles - The duo of Graham Lemoine and Parker Christy were defeated by Daniel Zollinger and Aaron Rogers 6-3, 6-1.
"We were somewhat nervous and were intimidated by older players, but we are learning to execute our shots and to be aggressive, no matter the 'age' of our opponents," Orr said.
Mixed Doubles - Catherine Willis and Quinton Martin teamed against Samantha Thurman and Ryan Moore, valiantly competing before falling 6-3, 6-4.
"Catherine is an enthusiastic eighth-grader who accepts the challenge of becoming competitive," Orr said. "She desires to win and plays with that attitude. The two of them could not string a couple of service breaks together to complement their 'holds of serve' to earn the win. As a team, we are on our way to being very competitive."
In the series of 8-game pro sets, Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine won 8-5 and Graham Lemoine and Parker Christy won 6-1, 6-0 against the Mustangs' No. 3 team. Lexie won 8-0 in a singles 8-game pro set.
The Apaches first home match will be Thursday, hosting the Prairie View Spartans. The match will begin at 3:15 p.m.