Trinity Lutheran’s Andrew Rodriguez notched the lone Cougars, point at No. 1 singles, in a 4-1 loss to Henryville on Wednesday.
The entire way, Rodriguez commanded the baseline despite injury agitation in his ankle.
Rodriguez controlled his match, besting the Hornets’ Mason Edwards 6-1, 6-2.
“Its been a little time coming for (Rodriguez),” Cougars coach Mark Voss said. “He has been struggling a little bit, and he was able to take control of his match and dictate points. I was really pleased with how he played.”
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In No. 2 singles play, the Hornets’ Elijah Weeks defeated Jonathan Keith 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 singles play mirrored Keith’s match, as the Hornets’ Cameron Tanner blanked Tanner Prewitt 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 1 doubles, the Cougars’ Matt Stuckwisch and Bailey Baker fell to Luke Davidson and Justin Boman 6-1, 6-0.
Conrad Beyl and Kade Badger emerged victorious against the Cougars’ No. 2 doubles team of Hunter Morgan and Adon Jones 6-1, 6-1.
The final scoreline didn’t give justice to the match’s intensity, as the teams battled back and forth.
“They’re a fiery bunch,” Voss said of his No. 2 doubles team. “They like to compete and aren’t happy when they don’t do so well. Hopefully, we can turn it into an edge which will make them play harder.”
The Cougars played their second match in back-to-back nights — they fell to Brownstown Central 5-0 on Wednesday.
Voss said he felt like his team was ready, physically, for the second match of the week.
“Conditioning-wise, I think we’re fine: we’ve worked on that all year long. I think it was just the mental aspect of the game — in match adjustments — and focusing on the next point.”
On Saturday, the Cougars will travel to Waldron to play in a tournament.
The Cougars (2-8) will play three more matches, following this weekend’s tournament, leading up to the Seymour Sectional on Sept. 30.