Catholic Central Tennis Falls Short against U of D Jesuit in Third Home Match of the Season
Owen Kummer '22
Catholic Central’s Varsity Tennis team took on U of D in CC’s 9th match of the regular season. Both the Shamrocks and the Cubs hit the courts bearing staggering intensity, with neither side willing to forfeit a single point unless their opponent absolutely earned it. Junior Ned Curley led the team from #1 Singles with a dominant 6-1, 6-2 win over his opponent using a combination of aggressive serving and expert net play. At #2 Singles, Senior Captain Nikola Milosevich put his nose to the grindstone, always keeping his head up though unfortunately losing his match 0-6, 2-6. Sophomore Justin Tran played with admirable consistency and shot placement but lost the #3 Singles match with a final score of 3-6, 3-6. Junior Luke Martin played the longest match by far, but his patience on the court paid off, and he secured another decisive win at #4 Singles with an end score of 6-2, 6-0.
Senior Captain Nick Maynard and Junior Alec Maynard played a tight #1 Doubles match on Catholic Central’s show court. Up close and personal with the crowd, the brothers put on a performance that did not disappoint, pumping out a dramatic win with set scores of 6-1 and 7-6, finishing the second set with a seven-point tiebreak resulting in 7-3 Shamrocks. Senior Captain Ryan Luke and Junior Owen Kendall held down the fort on their defensive game, but lost the #2 Doubles match 3-6, 5-7. At #3 Doubles, Seniors Cole Nogawa and Luke Butler played with tenacity, wrestling as many games away from the competition as they could for a final score of 1-6, 3-6. #4 Doubles saw Juniors Johnny Diaz and Schuyler Boerema play with remarkable synergy and commanding net play, though the two came just short of a win with final score 2-6, 4-6.
The overall score of the match was Cubs 5, Shamrocks 3. Though the CC Tennis team let a win slip just out of their grasp today, the players are fired up to steamroll the Saline Invite on September 11th and pound the pavement on September 13th for another home game against University Liggett. The goal for this season remains the same; return to the Tennis State Finals and secure a state championship for the shamrock nation.
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