Monday was a good afternoon for the Carthage boys tennis squad, at least before the weather turned.
The Tigers won five of six singles matches and the only doubles match played to defeat visiting Thomas Jefferson 6-1 in Carthage.
“The kids picked it up and they played much better than they did last week,” Carthage head coach Bob Whyte said. “I think they got some of their nerves out of the way after a little more practice.”
Richard Perry rolled to an 8-1 win in No. 1 singles against Frank Cascone, Brandon Splitter won 8-3 against Preston Carpenter in No. 2 singles, Eli Dickerson claimed an 8-2 victory in No. 4 singles against Levi Vasquez, Sawyer Bacon earned an 8-5 win against Joe Scott in No. 5 singles and Jacob Kunard was dominant in the No. 6 match, beating Michael Joseph 8-0.
Perry and Brandon Splitter defeated Cascone and Carpenter 8-1 in No. 1 doubles.
“You can start at the top and work your way down,” Whyte said. “Richard Perry stepped up and played a very solid match at No. 1 and it was nice to see Brandon Splitter get his first win of the year at No. 2. Eli Dickerson played another really good match for us. He did a good job figuring out what he needed to do, he found a plan and executed it. It was nice to see Sawyer Bacon play better, too, and Jacob Kunard was very impressive for us today. He was hitting the ball with confidence and I’ve been looking for him to step up and do that.”
The Tigers will travel to Republic Wednesday for a makeup match after it was originally rained out. Carthage will then travel to Nevada on Thursday, but the team will be without four of its top eight players both days as those players participate in SkillsUSA.
“It’s going to be a little bit of a challenge for us,” Whyte said. “It’s why you want more than six players. You’ve got to have some depth because there are times when kids have things to do. When they’re successful like that in more than just your sport you’re happy for them.”