EATON — A busy week on the courts saw Eaton’s tennis team pick up its second win of the season with a 5-0 win over Edgewood on Friday, April 22.
At first singles, Eaton’s Henry Kochensparger defeated Athan Bunger 6-0, 6-1.
In second singles, Charles Kochensparger defeated Kaiden Honchul 6-4, 7-5.
At third singles, Jude Minton defeated Tyler Warren 6-3, 6-3.
In first doubles action, Sophie Kochensparger and Bryant Hauser defeated Jackson Frey and Garret Ross, while the second doubles team of Trevor Hobbs and Karma Mohamed won by forfeit.
On Saturday, Eaton competed in the Coaches Cup Tournament at Springboro. The Eagles were part of the C Flight along with Greeneview, Springboro JV, and Valley View B team.
Greeneview was first with 20 points. Valley View finished second with 14, Eaton was third with 13, and Springboro placed fourth with eight.
According to Eaton coach John Hitchcock, all positions finished in second place individually with 2-1 records with the exception of second doubles, which had a rough day going 0-3.
“They lost two competitive matches 6-8 and just ran out of steam for the third match,” Hitchcock said. “Charles Kochensparger, at second singles, just missed out of first place. He lost a heartbreaking loss to Greeneview 8-9 (6). It was the first day that all teams had to really battle the heat. Hopefully it gets them ready for post season play in a few weeks.”
The week started off with a cancellation of Centerville Black due to snow.
On Tuesday, the Eagles dropped a league match to Carlisle 4-1.
“We knew they were going to be a challenge from our match the previous season,” Hitchcock said. “We were extremely competitive on the third singles court and both doubles courts. Had we just had a few points go our way on those courts we’d be celebrating a 3-2 win. Unfortunately, we came up short which puts us 1-2 in league with Brookville left to play.”
Eaton was scheduled to play West Carrollton on Wednesday.
“But they had to bump us to play a league match due to all the rain outs. No make-up date as of yet. We would’ve competed well in that one,” Hitchcock said.
On Thursday, Eaton hosted Chaminade Julienne.
“CJ came in as one of the better teams in the area so we knew we were going to have our hands full,” Hitchcock said. “Despite a good effort, we just couldn’t get anything going on any of the courts.”
Hitchcock said his team closed out the week with a convincing win.
“We finished with a fairly convincing win on Edgewood to close out the week,” Hitchcock said. “Charles and Jude had to battle some unusual high temperatures as well as scrappy opponents. Jude took advantage of two breaks of serve in each set to win 3&3. And Charles is still working on implementing strategy versus just hitting the ball back. That was definitely a good first win for him this season.”
The team ends the week at 2-5.
Up this week are matches with Greenville, Bellbrook, Brookville, and Franklin.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4061 and follow on Twitter @emowenjr