The Trinity Lutheran boys tennis team couldn’t muster a win in a 5-0 loss at Brown County on Wednesday.
At No. 1 singles, in his first match of the season since returning from injury, Andrew Rodriguez fell 6-0, 6-0 to Cash Myles.
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“We challenge match every week, and Andrew earns that spot,” Cougars coach Mark Voss said. “Everyone earns their spot that they play. We’re hoping his tendon heals so he can be back to full strength.”
In the No. 2 singles position, Jonathan Keith lost to Hunter Ellis 6-4, 6-1.
Voss said that Keith’s opponent had powerful first serves, and he encouraged Keith to attack when he had the chance.
“We kind of focused on jumping on the second serve with his opponent,” Voss said. “He battled pretty good.”
Tanner Prewitt fell to the Eagles’ Cole Smith 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
The No. 1 doubles team of Jessie Williams and Austin Boush bested the Cougars’ Matt Stuckwisch and Bailey Baker 6-2, 6-3 and Hunter Morgan and Aden Jones fell to Cameron Flesher and Abe Oliver by the same score.
Voss said that his four doubles players have played each other tightly in practices.
“I could put those four guys in any combination and the results would be the same,” Voss said. “All four of them are on equal playing fields right now.”
Overall, Voss said his players have improved since their pair of losses at Bedford this past weekend.
“I was pretty pleased today; we’re hitting the ball a lot better,” Voss said. “We’re still working on some combinations to figure out who works best together on our doubles side.
“We’re learning in practice what we need to do; the problem right now is bringing it to the match and executing. Once we get past that and it becomes second nature, we’re going to start getting wins in our game counts.”
The Cougars will head to Southwestern (Hanover) today for their final match of the week.
“We’re early in the season, and everyone’s shaking rust off,” Voss said. “We had some open (practices) in the summer, and we didn’t have a lot of attendance. We’re basically in our second week of contests.”