BASTROP — Windy, chilly, and damp conditions greeted the Glenbrook Apache netters as they arrived in Bastrop for their season-opening match with the Prairie View Spartans. Coach Waynr Orr noted that these conditions deviated very little from those of their pre-season practice sessions.
“Seemingly, there have been very few days in which the weather was conducive to good tennis playing,” added Orr. The Apaches seemed at “home” with the conditions as they claimed a 5-1 victory. “We were finally pleased to play a match, but we did not look like an experienced team. The conditions played havoc with consistency in our play. We are a more experienced team, and we took control of play in earning the win,” Orr stated.
Girls’ Singles - Amelia Christy, playing No. 1, easily defeated her opponent Sheridan May with scores of 6-0, 6-0. Playing the No. 2 position, Catherine Willis followed suit with a 6-0, 6-0 win, defeating Payton Simone. “As an eighth-grader and a sophomore, respectively, our singles’ positions are not only talented but experienced. Both girls took advantage of their opponents’ errors, playing relaxed matches. More challenging opponents are on the schedule,” commented Orr.
Girls’ Doubles - Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine manned the No. 1 position, falling to Taylor Book and Jeri Harper by scores of 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6). “Unforced errors ear-marked the match; a lack of consistency prevented our being aggresive with our play. After losing our serve to drop the first set, we re-grouped to claim the second one. However, self-imposed pressure cpept in, leading to our loss in the tie-break.” The No. 2 duo of Bridget Cone and Abigail Gilbert defeated Mykela Roberts and Rebekah Lenard by scores of 6-0, 6-0. “These two girls improved more than the other girls during our limited pre-season schedule. Consitency and pace of shots are elements that they did not exhibit last season. As a junior and a freshman, respectively, they have the potential to be a formidable opponent.”
Mixed Doubles - The team of Lexie Martin and Graham Lemoine defeated Harriet Adams and Ashton Lang by scores of 6-4, 6-2. “Teaming together for their second season, this sophomore and junior, respectively, used facets of their games to outwit their opponents. Lexie served very well; Graham hit several cross-court forehand winners. There was a bit of communication, along with an intermittent display of strategy. The season began with a win; that is an ego-boster at any point during the season,” noted Orr.
Boys’ Doubles - The team of Johnny Law Flournoy and John Curtis Brown, two seventh-graders, will be our No. 1 doubles team. Prairie View did not field a boys’ doubles team; therefore, Flournoy and Brown won by default.