MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets boys tennis team faced tough weather and a tough opponent in the defending Ohio Cardinal Conference champion Lexington Minutemen at home Thursday, falling 4-1.
“Usually, the first couple weeks of the season are always blustery and cold,” Mount Vernon coach Jeff Jarosz said of the cold and windy afternoon. “The good thing is we practice in this all the time. The kids are used to hitting in the wind, hitting against the wind, being in the cold weather. It really doesn’t affect them too much.”
The Jackets’ win came at No. 2 doubles, where Matt Sabula and Ryan Peeples went a full three sets. They won the first set 6-3, before dropping the second, 7-6. To claim the win, they picked up the victory in the third set.
“Ryan and Matt are both pretty consistent and the other kids were just as consistent getting the ball back,” Jarosz said. “I thought whoever showed more initiative, whoever put a little more force on things, could take the victory and I think in the last four points, that’s what it took.”
In singles action, Matt Dinnen took the court against Blake Webster at No. 1 singles, falling 6-2, 6-2. Wil Kaufman fell at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2, and Jack Staats faced a tough Brent Webster and suffered defeat, 6-0, 6-0.
Harry Ogle and Solvi Gunderson fielded the No. 1 doubles team for the Jackets and they took on a Minutemen pairing that included Benton Drake, normally Lexington’s No. 1 singles player and the returning OCC player of the year. The Mount Vernon duo put up a fight, but eventually fell 6-2, 6-0.
“Lexington is such a good team,” Jarosz said. “Year in and year out, they get great players and they have great coaching. … We always know it’s going to be a tough match against Lexington.”
Mount Vernon returns to action Monday to host Watkins Memorial at 4 p.m.
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