MP boys’ and girls’ tennis teams defeat Centerville
Both Mt. Pleasant tennis teams picked up a win over Centerville on Tuesday.
The girls claimed a victory by a narrow margin in their road meet, 5-4. The boys’ team took a 7-2 victory at home.
It was the season opener for the girls’ team, so they start off the year 1-0, and the boys’ evened their season record at 1-1 with the win.
In the boys’ meet at East Lake Park, the Panthers’ No. 1 singles player, Chase Higginbotham, swept his match, 8-0.
Mt. Pleasant’s No. 5 and 6, Tyler Pace and Blake Wickham, also won by scores of 8-0.
“Tyler Pace is really making a lot of improvement for his first year playing,” Coach Tyler Rodgers said.
No. 2 Zach Schmitz picked up an 8-3 victory in his singles match.
Centerville got its only two wins in the No. 3 and 4 singles matches.
The Panthers also won all three doubles matches.
Higginbotham and Schmitz paired up for an 8-1 win, while Matthew Zihlman and Pace won their match 8-6. Blake Wickam and Sterling Wickham also won by a score of 8-1.
“We were a lot more consistent, 1-6 (than in our first meet),” Rodgers said. “Doubles were a lot better (last night), but they still need more practice time with their partners.”
At the girls’ meet in Centerville, the Panthers got singles wins from No. 2 Shelby Barton, 8-2; No. 3 Tasha Glover, 8-4; No. 4 Becca Lehman, 8-6; and No. 6 Raeanna Crile, 8-3.
Lehman trailed 5-2 before making a comeback for the win in her match, and in this close meet, each win mattered.
In doubles, the Panthers’ only win came from Crile and Emily Hatfield, who defeated their Centerville opponents, 8-3.
The girls compete again Thursday when they travel to Fairfield for their first Southeast Conference meet. They play at 4:30 p.m.
The boys’ team will host the Trojans on Thursday at East Lake Park. That meet also begins at 4:30 p.m.