Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Glenbrook netters take 5-2 win over Prairie View Spartans

Hosting the Prairie View Spartans, the Apache netters opened the "home" portion of their schedule and claimed a 5-2 win.

"This is the fourth week of our season, and because of inclement weather, we have played only two matches," Glenbrook coach Wayne Orr said. "With only two weeks more of the regular schedule, I am hoping that our remaining five matches will be played. There are phases of our games that have improved, but the intricacies of strategy are still new to our young, first-year members."

Boys' Singles - Noah Woodard defeated Brassey Wall 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 1 position.

"Noah's serve was much more effective than that of his opponent. Also, Noah's pace on his ground strokes forced errors, leading to consecutive games. We rely on the experience and the confidence he has gained from his double play," stated Orr.

Boys' Doubles - The team of Graham Lemoinc and Parker Christy defeated Chanlder Freeman and Ashton Lang in the straight sets, 6-2, 7-5.

"The ability to 'close' a match is an experience that is new to us. Graham and Parker held a two-game lead and were serving for the match, but nerves and unforced errors resulted in 5-5 tie. We settled down and broke serve before our hitting several timely volleys and a few well placed returns of serve. Graham and Parker are learning to play as a team," commented Orr.

Mixed Doubles - "This match exhibited the progress of our team. We played consistently and kept our opponents on the defensive. Catherine Willis and Quinton Martin defeated Molly Gregory and Hunter Binn 6-1, 6-3. I was well pleased with serving by Quinton and with the placement of Catherine's ground strokes," added Orr.

Girls' Singles - Playing the No. 1 position, Amelia Christy defeated Whitney Jackson 6-0, 6-1. At the No. 2 position, Lexie Martin defeated Sara Cammarasana 6-3, 6-4.

"Amelia and Lexie were simply more skilled and more knowledgeable of on-court strategy than were their opponents. Amelia served well; Lexie's backhand was an effective component of her game. Both girls are young in experience, but both desire to improve," noted Orr.

Girls' Doubles - The visiting Spartans claimed both doubles' matches. In No. 1, the team of Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine were defeated by scores of 6-3, 6-1 from Tori Simmons and Leslie Spires. In the No. 2 position, the duo of Abigail Gilbert and Bridget Cone were defeated by scores of 6-2, 6-4 from Taylor Gentry and Tierra Porter.

"Being an effective doubles team takes much time, much understanding, and much communication. These four girls are in the initial stages of introduction. We are attempting to 'put into play the subtleties of doubles'; there is work to be done," added Orr.

The Apaches will travel to Winnsboro on Friday for a dual match with the Franklin Cougars. "This district match-up presents a difficult challenge for us. We will be facing a much more experienced team. Our focus will be on winning!"






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