The 2010 season started with a bang Tuesday as the Tigers took on conference foe, the Branson Pirates, at the tennis courts at Carthage Middle School.


The 2010 season started with a bang Tuesday as the Tigers took on conference foe, the Branson Pirates, at the tennis courts at Carthage Middle School. With the score tied up at four matches a piece, the meet came down to the final match of the day.

The No.3 doubles team of Justus Stevenson and John Batchelor took on Branson’s Josh Farley and Ryan Gdovin in a showdown to start the season off undefeated. The match stayed close with Carthage down 4-3 when Branson took control. The pair of Pirates won three straight games to take a commanding 7-3 lead, and they never looked back.

With the loss Carthage falls to 0-1 on the young season, but there were a couple bright spots that showed that Tiger tennis is not going to lie down.

“Every match was competitive and we had the opportunity to win it in the end,” said Carthage Tennis Coach Bob Whyte. “We got wins in spots that we thought we would, but I knew it was going to be a close meet because talent wise we were pretty evenly matched.”

The Tigers went 2-4 in singles play with No.1 singles player Jordan Ward winning 8-1 over Nathan Connel. Tim Dannels fell 8-6 in No.2 singles to Adam Blunk, and Ryne Coughlin fell 8-5 in No.3 singles to Anthony Civiello. The other singles win came from No.4 Reggie Lashley with an 8-6 win over Chase Applegate. Justus Stevenson lost 4-8 in No.5 singles to Ryan Gdovin, and Josh Patton fell 8-4 in the No.6 singles match to Josh Farley.

The Tiger’s doubles teams bounced back with the No.1 team of Ward and Connell beating Branson’s Coughlin and Civiello 9-7, and Dannels and Blunk in No.2 singles also winning 8-6 over Lashley and Applegate.

“It came down to the last match and that was exciting,” Whyte explained. “It would have been a little more exciting if we could have got the win, but it is still fun when the meets are that competitive.”

The Tigers will be home for their next meet on Thursday with Ozark. The Tigers lost to Ozark 5-4 last season, but Coach Whyte likes the Tiger’s chances this season.

“I think they lost their No.1 from last year,” Whyte said. “But they are still a very tough team from top to bottom.”

Carthage will also host Republic on Monday. Carthage beat Republic 8-1 last season.