The Glenbrook Apache netters traveled to Winnsboro for a dual match with district for Franklin Academy.
Both clubs were without boys' doubles' teams; however, they claimed 4-3 victory to remain undefeated for the season at 5-0.
"I did not expect us to be in this position; our veteran players of several years have led the charge, and our second-year players have shown that they are capable of continuing the success of our program," noted coach Wayne Orr. "We have two matches remaining of the regular-season schedule, district matches with Riverfield Academy on Tuesday and on Thursday. The South A Tournament will be held in Natchez, MS on April 30 and May 1."
Against the Cougars of Franklin, the Apaches won the singles' matches (four), and the cougars won the doubles' matches (three).
Girls' Singles - Amelia Christy defeated Ashton Armstrong 6-2, 6-0; Catherine Willis defeated Chloe Wolleson 6-1, 6-0.
"Both girls limited the number of unforced errors, and they controlled the tempo of the match. Catherine served well and used her forehand crosscourt shot to keep her opponent on the defensive. Amelia set up her down-the-line backhand shot by drawing her opponent to the net and hitting a passing shot. Both girls have matured in their abilities to manage a match," commented Orr.
Boys' Singles - The Apaches two seniors used their experience from the past six years of play in both singles and doubles. Noah Woodard defeated Joseph Wolleson 6-4, 6-0, and Quinton Martin defeated Dillon Whittington 6-0, 6-0.
"Noah was somewhat lackadaisical at the beginning of the match, committing unforced errors. He allowed his opponent to 'stay in the match.' His first serve became more penetrating and his backhand crosscourt picked up pace." Martin's opponent is a first-year youngster and is in middle school. "Quinton was simply more experienced, more mature, and more skilled. Quinton, too, was somewhat lax in his shot selection, but he forced errors from his opponent," stated Orr.
Mixed Doubles - Lexie Martin and Graham Lemoine are a first-year combo; they faced a formidable team in Dakota Stephens and Makayla Beavers who were victorious 6-2, 6-2.
"I have noticed much improvement by Lexie and Graham in their match play. They are beginning to attempt to neutralize their opponents' strengths, especially Dakota's crosscourt forehand. Even though we did not win the match, we improved in our mental aspects of play. We are beginning to play as a team rather than as two individuals," stated Orr.
Girls' Doubles - "Our doubles' teams are struggling in our attempts to be more competitive. We need the individual game-score close, but we seemingly lack the confidence to close out the games. However, we still believe that our wins will come," added Orr.
Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine were defeated by Lauren Guice and Kallie Etheridge 6-2, 6-0. At the No. 2 position Bridget Cone and Abigail Gilbert were defeated by Brittany Whittington and Nikki Erwin 6-0, 6-0.