EATON — It was a week of swept or be swept for Eaton’s boys tennis team.
The Eagles opened the week with losses to Miami Valley and Bellbrook, but bounced back to win their final three matches of the week.
Monday, April 9
Miami Valley 5, Eaton 0
After having a week off due to Spring Break and no good weather to practice the Eagles timing of playing their strongest opponent could not have been worse — not that the result would have changed but their games could’ve been a little sharper, according to Eaton coach John Hitchcock.
“The effort and the energy was there but MVS was just too much. Having several players that could potentially qualify for state, Miami Valley will surely be the top ranked team in our area,” he said.
1st singles — Breven Perry lost to Morehart 0-6, 0-6.
2nd singles — Andrew Collins lost to Reddy 1-6, 0-6.
3rd singles — Steven Perry lost to Howell 0-6, 0-6.
1st doubles — Branson Ball and Aaron Tolliver lost to Sharma and Quigley 2-6, 0-6.
2nd doubles — John Altom and Seth Bristow lost to Ahmed and Newell 2-6, 2-6.
Tuesday, April 10
Bellbrook 5, Eaton 0
Hitchcock said historically, Bellbrook has been a dominate force against tennis teams from Eaton and if one just looks at the match score it still appears to be the case. But if you were to take a closer look at the box scores, you’d see the boys tennis team was quite competitive on all the courts.
Hitchcock said senior Breven Perry played some of his best tennis this early season and really pushed Bellbrook’s top player. After dropping the first set, Perry upped his game and was leading the second set 4-3 before ultimately losing 4-6
Andrew Collins had the closest match of the afternoon. After losing a very close first set in which he had real chances to swing it his way, he bounced back and won the second set.
“Unfortunately, he fell short of closing out the third. There were opportunities there and hopefully some lessons to take into future matches,” Hitchcock said.
Even though the score doesn’t reflect it, Steven Perry had a very competitive match.
“The whole match consisted of very close games and long points. He just couldn’t get any of it to fall his way. As a first year varsity player, he’s still learning,” Hitchcock said.
Both doubles teams had very tight and competitive first sets.
“Unfortunately, once they swung Bellbrook’s way they were partially deflated in the second sets. John Altom and Seth Bristow had one very long, close game that was the sixth game of the set. Had they won that game, I think they could’ve won the set,” Hitchcock said.
1st singles — Breven Perry lost to Koop 2-6, 4-6.
2nd singles — Andrew Collins lost to Songer 4-6, 6-2, 2-6.
3rd singles — Steven Perry lost to Schultz 1-6, 0-6.
1st doubles — Branson Ball and Aaron Tolliver lost to Russell and McCrae 4-6, 1-6.
2nd doubles — John Altom and Seth Bristow lost to McHenry and Grismer 5-7, 3-6.
Wednesday, April 11
Eaton 5, Carlisle 0
On Wednesday, with comfortable temperatures, the Eagles hosted a very young and inexperienced Carlisle team. The results turned out as expected as the Eagles were able to take care of their own courts.
“We commend Carlisle on their kids efforts and attitudes,” Hitchcock said. “They all played hard and were very good sports. We were in their same shoes 4 years ago as well, so we can really relate.”
1st singles — Breven Perry won against Alex Ward 6-0, 6-2.
2nd singles — Andrew Collins won against Grace Branson 6-0, 6-0.
3rd singles — Steven Perry won against Noah Harrison 6-0, 6-3.
1st doubles — Branson Ball and Aaron Tolliver won against Tyler Grooms and Sam Kidwell 6-0, 6-1.
2nd doubles — John Altom and Seth Bristow won against Levi Smith and Ryan Black 6-0, 6-0.
Thursday, April 12
Eaton 5, Monroe 0
In their second league match of the season, the Eagles not only had to deal with the Monroe Hornets but major wind gusts as well.
On a day in which the gusts of wind reached 50 mph the Eagles were able to hold their games together and managed to sweep Monroe 5-0.
According to Hitchcock, all three singles players, Breven Perry, Andrew Collins, and Steven Perry made fairly easy work of their opponents and both doubles teams are slowly starting to figure out how to not only play with each other but play some smart doubles as well.
1st singles — Breven Perry won against Wackler 6-2, 6-3
2nd singles — Andrew Collins won against Weidner 6-0, 6-1
3rd singles — Steven Perry won against Dongo 6-1, 6-2
1st doubles — Branson Ball and Aaron Tolliver won against Manning and Goings 6-0, 6-3
2nd doubles — John Altom and Seth Bristow won against Wong and Trulett 6-2, 6-2.
Friday, April 13
Eaton 5, Franklin 0
Eaton was able to capture their second league win in as many days.
“They just went in, took care of their own courts and got out. Unfortunately for Franklin, they did not have the numbers to complete a full varsity squad and had to forfeit 3rd singles and 2nd doubles right off the bat,” Hitchcock said. “
On top of that, the Eagles players had just more experience.
“You hate to win matches this way but you also would like to see all your players get some playing time in,” Hitchcock said.
1st singles — Breven Perry won against Rudd 6-0, 6-1
2nd singles — Andrew Collins won against Woods 6-0, 6-1
3rd singles — Steven Perry won by forfeit
1st doubles — Branson Ball and Aaron Tolliver won against Harris and Abu-Alwalfa 6-1, 6-2.
2nd doubles — John Altom and Seth Bristow won by forfeit.
Eaton (4-3, 2-1 SWBL) was scheduled to play Preble Shawnee on Monday, April 17 and Oakwood on Tuesday. The Eagles are set to host West Carrollton on Wednesday and will travel to Brookville on Thursday. They will wrap up the week hosting Greenville on Friday.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-456-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH