MONROE —The last week of the regular tennis season finds the Apache netters active on the courts, playing three dual matches in three days.
Tuesday, the Apaches traveled to Monroe for a district match-up with River Oaks and earned a 6-4 win. On Monday, the Apaches hosted Franklin Academy, losing 5-3.
Glenbrook 6, River Oaks 4
“We not only faced a formidable opponent but also the gusty winds of Mother Nature. This has been the windiest tennis season in many years,” Glenbrook coach Wayne Orr said. “We played very well, winning four of the five matches that involved experienced player from both schools. Even our younger players were afforded an opportunity to compete and were involved in closely-contested matches. I was extremely pleased with our competitive play.”
The duo of Laura Payne and Matthew Tucker returned to their winning ways with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Abby Hicks and Austin McKinley.
“We fell behind in the first set, but with Matthew’s consistency in serving and Laura’s well-placed volleys, we regained the lead to claim the set,” Or said. “Holding serve and continuing some adjusted strategy, we closed out the match.”
At #1, Savannah Brown and McKenzie Wren dropped a 6-2, 6-2 score to Taylor Schwab and Rebecca Causey.
“Early in both sets, we lost serve and continued to have difficulty in adjusting to the wind from alternate ends of the court. Our enforced errors doomed us,” noted Orr.
At #2, the team of Molly Turner and Morgan Wren claimed a tie-break win — 6-2, 5-7 (10-6) — over Jennifer Henry and Lindsey Duncan.
“We played our best match at this position. I saw determination and focused play as we felt good about ourselves. Mentally, it was a much-needed win for both girls,” added Orr.
Noah Woodard and Quinton Martin won their match 6-4, 6-3.
“We started slowly and were not mentally into the match during the first four games, but with a few unforced errors and some timely put-away’s, we built a lead, simply maintained serve to claim the win,” commented Orr.
“Lexie and Madison played their best matches. We had opportunities to keep the pressure on our opponents, but we just could not always capitalize on the moment. I am extremely proud of their play.”
Lexie Martin dropped her match by scores of 6-3, 4-6 (10-6); Madison Lemoine lost 6-3, 6-4. Both girls later teamed for an 8-game pro set win by a score of 8-3.
In an added girls’ doubles match, Morgan Wren teamed with Ashley Rhame for a pro-set win of 8-7 (7-5).
“These two matches afforded our younger players court time and experience,” noted Orr.
Matthew Moorehead solidified his position as # 1 singles’ player in the district with a convincing win of 6-0, 6-0.
“Matt remained calm and confident throughout the match. He served very well and hit several crosscourt forehand winners,” Orr said. “He kept his opponent on the defensive through; Matt played well.”
At the # 2 position, Graham Lemoine was defeated by Zaib Qayyum 6-0, 6-0.
“Zaib has several years of experience and is a skilled player,” Orr said. “Graham earned some points to be in a position to claim games, but just could not gain that advantage. Graham has improved tremendously and has the potential and the attitude to be a point-contributor for our team in future years.”
Franklin Academy 5, Glenbrook 3
“Our players who compete in the #1 positions are relied on for points in our matches,” Orr said. “The players in the other positions are receiving valuable experience, usually against more seasoned players. We are building for the future. Our squad consists of seven seniors; our young competitors are building a foundation.”
Matthew Moorehead defeated Brett Grieme 6-1, 6-0, and at the # 2 position, Graham Lemoine dropped a 6-0, 6-0 match.
McKenzie Wren and Savannah Brown defeated Kallie Etheridge and Nikki Erwin 7-6, 2-6 (12-10) at the No. 1 position.
At the No. 2 position, the Apache duo of Molly Turner and Morgan Wren were defeated by Carley Kiper and Ashton Armstrong 6-4, 6-2.
The Apaches’ duo of Noah Woodard and Quinton martin defeated Kelly Kiper and Hillary Herron 6-0, 6-1.
Lexie Martin was defeated by Lindy Carrol 6-0, 6-1. At No. 2, Ashley Rhame, playing her first match of the season, was defeated by Brittany Whittingotn 6-4, 6-1.