On Tuesday the Apache netters hosted the River Oaks Mustangs for the first home match of the season. Cooler temperatures remained after the weekend of continuous rain, and the Mustangs romped over the Apaches in an abbreviated dual match with a score of 3-1.
Both coaches agreed that several match-ups would not be contested. Coach Wayne Orr said.
"The Thursday before marked perhaps the best tennis our team had plays; we follow that performance with perhaps the worst tennis of the season. Because of school-related functions, we had not practiced for seven days, and the temperature was rather nippy. Bottom line - we did not, collectively, with much desire to win; we played poorly!"
Mixed Doubles - Lexie Martin and Graham Lemoine continued their winning ways with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Abby Hicks and Will Harrop.
"I have been extremely pleased with the progress of this second-year duo. They have taken 'walk-about's" on occasion, but primarily they control the matches with steady ground strokes, consistent serving, and timely volleys as well as taking advantage of their opponents' errors," stated Orr.
Girls' Doubles - Eleanor Gilbert and Madison were defeated by scores of 6-1, 6-1 by Leah Spence and Kara Bryan. Playing No. 2 doubles, the duo of Bridget Cone and Abigail Gilbert lost their first match of the season 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10) to Laurel Spence and Reagan Schwab.
"Both matches with River Oaks have been decided by a tie break with each team winning on the other's home court. Unforced errors led to our downfall," Orr said.
"Eleanor and Madison simply could not string points together to build momentum, losing confidence in themselves. Earning a place in the North Tournament will hinge on next Tuesday's match with Riverfield. Hopefully, we will reap positive results," Orr said.
Boys' Doubles - John Curtis Brown and Johnny Law Flournoy were defeated by Jack Alexander and Trey Sartor 6-0, 7-5.
"After a slow start, we gained some confidence and held serve a few times; we took advantage of unforced errors to amass points. These two boys love the game' they are not intimidated by older and taller opponents. Experience of play will definitely benefit them during the next five years of play," Orr said.
Boys' Singles - Zaib Quyumm, River Oaks' No. 1 player, has not played in district because of the other teams not filing singles players.
"Graham had agreed to play singles with Zaib claiming a 6-0, 6-0 victory. The girls' singles players from River Oaks did not participate in the match. Unless we re-schedule the rain-out match vs. Prairie View, next Tuesday's home match with Riverfield will end the regular season. They are a formidable opponent; we must play well to win," Orr said.