The Carthage Tiger tennis team improved its record to 2-1 on the young season Monday when Republic visited the Carthage Middle School tennis courts.


The Carthage Tiger tennis team improved its record to 2-1 on the young season Monday when Republic visited the Carthage Middle School tennis courts.

Carthage, for the most part, won its matches with ease and the Tigers came away with a 9-0 victory. The match was Republic’s first of the season.

“We got lucky to catch a young and inexperienced team,” said Carthage Tennis Coach Bob Whyte. “It was their first match of the season but they were still very competitive.”

Carthage No. 1 singles player Jordan Ward moved to 3-0 this season with an 8-0 victory over Republic’s Cody Eckerson. Ward is the returning No.1 singles player from last season.

“I’m excited that Jordan has been able to enjoy some success so far,” Whyte said. “But this season is still early. We all have a lot of work to do if we want to continue to improve.”

In other singles matches, Carthage No. 2 singles player Tim Dannels came away with an 8-4 triumph over Taylor Jenkins, and Ryne Coughlin defeated Dylan Hopkins in No. 3 singles. Reggie Lashley played a strong match, which resulted in an 8-0 win over Hunter Hayes, followed by Justus Stevenson beating Blake Eckerson  in No. 5 singles. Jon Batchelor also defeated Josef Barrels 8-2 to round out singles play.

Carthage also swept Republic in doubles with the No. 1 team of Ward/Coughlin cruising to an 8-3 win over Eckerson/Jenkins. The No. 2 matchup featuring Dannels/Lashley of Carthage and Republic’s Hayes/Hopkins easily went to the Tigers by a score of 8-2, followed by an 8-0 victory from Carthage’s Stevenson/Patton over Republic’s Eckerson/Barttels 8-0.

Carthage will now have a week of practice before heading to Thomas Jefferson on Monday, April 5. The meet is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

“Thomas Jefferson is a great team,” Whyte explained. “But I feel we are getting better and gaining more confidence with each day. I am confident we’ll be very competitive Monday (against Thomas Jefferson).”

The Tigers will follow Monday’s showdown with Thomas Jefferson up with another meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when the Tigers head south to Neosho to take on the Wildcats.