Owls blank Mohawks in season-opener


The Seymour High School boys tennis team opened its season with a 5-0 win over Waldron on its home courts Monday afternoon.

Owls coach Brad Emerson said he saw a lot of positives from his team.

“It’s a good feeling. You don’t know what to expect sometimes going into that first match of the year,” he said. “The kids had first-match jitters, but our 1 and 3 singles really came out smoking and took care of business.”

Trey Hohenstreiter was the first player off the courts, as he defeated Bryce Flippin 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.

Adam Berry followed Hohenstreiter into the win column a few minutes later with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Parker Huffman at No. 1 singles.

Isaac Hardin and Shawn Cole spent two hours and 20 minutes on the courts at No. 2 singles before the Seymour junior won 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

“Sometimes, he’s a little bit of a slow starter,” Emerson said of Hardin. “It took him a while to get his feet moving. He did come back and win that second set pretty well, and in the third set, he got down a break early, but he fought back and got two breaks in a row to finish it out.”

Emerson said Will Rinehart and Brandon Hubbard overcame a slow start at No. 2 doubles to post a 6-4, 6-1 win over Eli Jones and Cody Beal.

“Our 2 doubles struggled a little bit at first, but once they kind of got their chemistry down, they really played well, and our 1 doubles the same thing,” Emerson said. “They struggled a little bit in the first set, but they settled down and took care of business in that second set.

“In doubles, it’s just making sure we’re flying around the net and just putting the ball away. I was really happy with Andrew and Sam. I saw a couple of really good putaway shots that they did, which last year we might have struggled a little bit in. They stayed aggressive and got it. Brandon and Will, the first set was kind of struggle, but then they righted the ship and got a little more aggressive and really took it to them.”

Sam Schmidt and Andrew Levine defeated Dalen Williams and Ian Carter 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles.

The Owls will host Providence Thursday, and Emerson said he will have challenge matches in doubles at practice today and Wednesday, and by the end of practice Wednesday, he feels his doubles teams should be pretty well set.

“We’re going to check on the doubles spots,” he said. “We’ve got kids that we can interchange, and we’ll do that in practice to see what chemistry we’ve got that might be the best, and Providence will definitely be a tough team and a good test for us to see where we are. By Wednesday, I think we’ll really have our doubles solidified.”

Emerson looks forward to the 2018 campaign.

“As the kids get more matches in and feel a little more comfortable out here, they’ll be better going forward,” Emerson said.

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