The Glenbrook Apache netters opened their 2013 season at home with a dual match, hosting the River Oaks Mustangs.
Noah Woodard led the way for the Apaches, claiming two of the winning five points with victories in both singles and doubles. The 5-4 win was a reflection of the abilities of veteran players.
Coach Wayne Orr stated that he was pleasantly surprised with the play of his team. "We have not been able to practive very much since the conclusion of basketball season. The weather has been either too cold or too windy. We have the same team members from last season with the addition of two sixth graders. We hope that the season's play will build on the success we enjoyed at last year's South Tournament. However, with a limited number of boys, we will be disadvantaged in each match, " noted Orr.
Girls' Singles - Amelia Christy, playing No. 1, shook off her nervousness by the end of the first set and earned a 2-6, 6-0, 1-0 victory.
"Amelia has gained in confidence and in strength. Her first serve has become a weapon on which she can rely," added Orr.
Catherine Willis, playing the No. 2 slot, let her racquet do the "talking" as she claimed a 6-1, 6-0 win over Reagan Schwab.
"Catherine is controlling the tempo of her matches. Her competitive nature drives her game. Both girls displayed aspects of their games that should earn them wins," stated Orr.
Boys' Singles - Noah Woodard, playing No. 1, defeated Ryan Moore 6-2, 6-3. At the No. 2 position, Quinton Martin was defeated by David Zollinger 6-1, 6-3.
"Noah began to gain some confidence after having played with nervousness during the first few games. He used his consistency with his first serve to gain momentum. Using a penetrating backhand cross-court short kept his opponent on the defensive," added Orr. "Quinton played with much more determination that he has at times. His shot selection from the baseline limited his ability to gain momentum, but he played well, considering that his career has been in doubles," commented Orr.
Girls' Doubles - The Apaches lost both double matches.
"We are displaying flashes of brilliance, but not consistently enough to allow our abilities to claim wins. We will continue to improve our ground strokes and to build confidence."
Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine lost to Jennifer Henry and Lindsey Duncan 6-0, 6-1. In the No. 2 position, the team of Abigail Gilbert and Bridget Cone lost to Leah Spence and Kara Bryan by scores of 6-1, 6-1.
Boys Doubles - Woodard and Martin defeated Austin McKinley and Jack Alexander by scores of 6-2, 6-3, claiming the Apaches' fourth point. First year neophytes Johnny Law Flournoy and John Curtis Brown (sixth graders) teamed for a pro-set victory over Anna Rogers and Libby Herman with an 8-4 score.
"If desire would claim a win, these two boys would remain undefeated," Orr said. "They love to play; they want to learn; they want to improve. The veteran members of our team has been complimentary of the rapid progress each of them has made. They have provided inspiration for the older team members. Hopefully, this opening win will lead to a most successful season."
Mixed Doubles - The team of Catherine Willis and Graham Lemoine lost to Taylor Schwab and Zaib Ouvvum 7-6 1-0. A tie breaker was used to determine the winner of the match.