The regular season of the Apache netters is dotted with two district foes—Franklin Academy and Riverfield Academy.
On Friday, Franklin came calling with several experienced players, but the host Apaches met the challenge, claiming a 6-3 victory.
"Our singles' players opened the competition with wins, and our boys' doubles sealed the win, improving the Apaches record to 3-0. Wow! We certainly played well, but our girls' doubles' teams were not in sync even through the four girls teams last season. The contests are becoming more closely contested; we will break into the win column soon," noted coach Wayne Orr.
Girls' Singles - Amelia Christy, the No. 1 Lady Apache, started slowly, dropping the first set, before putting her game together for a 6-1 second set; Christy claimed the tie break 10-7.
"Amelia allowed her opponent to dictate the pace of the first set rather than her being aggressive with her shot selection. She repeatedly forced her opponent into errors."
At the No. 2 position, Catherine Willis won 6-1, 6-1. A No. 3 singles match pitted Lexie Martin again Mary Beth Gravelle. Martin prevailed 6-2, 6-1. "Catherine has steadily improved her shot selection and is employing some strategy by maneuvering her opponent around the court. She used an effective first serve to keep her opponent on the defensive and to force errors," stated Orr. "Lexie played mixed doubles and a singles match. She served well and used her crosscrount backhand ground stroke to end points. The win was a good confidence boost for her," added Orr.
Boys' Singles - Noah Woodard, playing the No. 1 position, won 6-2, 6-3. Quinton Martin, playing the No. 2 position, also won, 6-0, 6-0.
"Noah was faced with a formidable opponent, but his maturity and his experience on the court gave him an advantage. His shot selection kept his opponent at bay, but his backhand down-the-line was most effective. He continues to lead our team," commented Orr. "Quinton simply outplayed his opponent, who was much younger and not so experience. His ground strokes were more penetrating and more varied," stated Orr.
Boys' Doubles - The team of Johnny law Flournoy and John Curtis Brown took a 6-0, 6-0 win.
"What a delight these boys have been for our team. They have improved, have compounded their confidence, and have got a taste of victory. Their athletic abilities aid their games. They believe they can defeat whomever they face. Their future years should be filled with much success," noted Orr.
Mixed Doubles - Lexie Martin and Graham Lemoine faced their most formidable opponent to date, and fell 6-1, 6-3.
"A service break in the second set was the deciding factor. Nervousness and anxiety were issues for us in the first set. We then began to realize that we could string together points, but we could not overcome our unforced errors. I was well pleased with our effort in the second set. A first-year combo takes time to become compatible; we are improving," stated Orr.
Girls' Doubles - Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine were defeated by Lauren Guice and Kallie Ethridge 6-0, 6-3. At the No. 2 position, Bridget Cone and Abigail Gilbert were defeated.