EATON — To extend its winning streak to four matches, Eaton’s boys tennis team had to dig in and come up with a true team effort.
Which is exactly what they did as they just barely squeaked by Carroll, 3-2, on Monday, April 29.
Senior Matthew Wright had a challenging opponent and first set but managed to win his court in straight sets.
The 2nd doubles team of Kendale Hamilton and Dawson Brubaker picked up a key win has they really had to fight off an evenly matched opponent.
“They played the most dramatic tiebreaker of the year so far as they had to win it 11-9 and save several set points against them,” Eaton coach John Hitchcock said.
The match got very interesting after Andrew Collins and the doubles team of Keith Turner and Austin Pugh lost.
That meant 2nd singles John Altom needed to pull off a victory for the Eagles to secure the match.
After winning the first set 6-1 things looked good. However, when he dropped the 2nd set 5-7 after his opponent stepped up play it really became an uncertainty.
“Luckily, John regained his focus and jumped out to an early lead and got the momentum back he had earlier. Winning the third and final set 6-1,” Hitchcock said. “That was a really good win for our team. It was a quality opponent with a 7-4 record and to win it in that narrow fashion shows the younger guys that not only every court matters but every point matters as well.”
The win brings the Eagles record to 7-7 overall with matches against Dayton Christian and Edgewood left to play head to head.
1st singles — Andrew Collins lost to Jonah Carter 2-6, 3-6.
2nd singles — John Altom won against Curtis Mackey 6-1, 5-7, 6-1.
3rd singles — Matthew Wright won against Sophia Carter 6-4, 6-1.
1st doubles — Keith Turner and Austin Pugh lost to Noah Lahmon and Jack Burhman 3-6, 2-6.
2nd doubles — Kendale Hamilton and Dawson Brubaker won against Daniel Hebert and Joe Smith 7-6 (9), 6-4.