BASTROP — The Glenbrook Apache netters traveled to Bastrop for a dual match with the Prairie View Spartans.
Returning from Spring Break and only one day of practice, the Apaches relied on their experience to defeat a short-handed opponent by a score of 8-2.
"Prairie View had a limited number of members available for play, especially boys. We were able to complete the matches; their boys competed several times," noted coach Wayne Orr.
Girls' Singles - Amelia Christy defeated Jeri Harper 6-0, 6-0. Catherine Willis defeated Farah Cammarasana 6-1, 6-2. Lexie Martin defeated Sheridan May 6-0, 6-0.
"Our girls are second-year players who are young, yet experienced in strategy and with the ability to control a match," Orr said. "Shot selection was simply more effective and varied. I was pleased with our serving and with the pacing of our shots."
Boys' Singles - The veteran players for the boys — Noah Woodard and Quinton Martin — again dominated the male matches. Woodard defeated Ashton Lang 6-0, 6-2; Martin defeated Nathan Hunt 6-2, 6-2.
"Noah played with a degree of confidence that had not been present during the beginning of his matches," Orr said. "His first serve kept his opponent on the defensive; he simply out-played his opponent. Quinton continues to improve his singles play. His second serve placement earned him several points, and he took advantage of unforced errors by his opponent."
Mixed Doubles - The team of Lexie Martin and Graham Lemoine defeated Harriet Adams and Ashton Lang in a pro-set 6-0.
"This was the last match of the competition; there were no lights on the courts," Orr said. "Graham used a penetrating first serve to earn points. Lexie hit several timely forehand shots for winners and her defensive efforts resulted in unforced errors by their opponents."
Boys' Doubles - Woodard and Martin teamed for a 6-0, 6-2 win over Lang and Hunt in the No. 1 position. Johnny Law Flournoy and John Curtis Brown teamed for a 6-3, 6-4 win over Lang and Hunt at the No. 2 position.
"Our sixth-grade boys are very competitive, they have continued to improve their games, and they employ good strategy. They have provided a degree of enthusiasm for our veteran members. They are playing well!" noted Orr.
Girls' Doubles - Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine teamed for the No. 1 position, falling to Harper and Cammarasana 6-3, 1-6, 1-0. At the No. 2 position, Bridget Cone and Abigail Gilbert were defeated 6-4, 7-6.
"We simply could not string together enough consistency to earn points for the sake of momentum," Orr said. "Both matches were closely contested, showing much improvement from the last outing. We seem to have much difficulty in closing out the matches; we play a little too tentatively. However, we are improving; hopefully, that trend will continue. They are attempting to be more aggressive with their shot selection."
The Apache netters return to the courts on Friday, hosting a district match-up with the Franklin Cougars. "This contest will be a match-up of seasoned players from both squads," added Orr.