MONROE — The Glenbrook Apache netters traveled to Monroe yesterday for a return dual match with the River Oaks Mustangs and claimed a 6-5 win.
Leading the way for the Apaches was the singles' play of Amelia Christy, Catherine Willis, and Noah Woodard.
"River Oaks has continued to be a formidable opponent for us, and for us to defeat them twice in a season is indeed a feat," Apache coach Wayne Orr said. "The challenges and the experience our younger team members gained last season has certianly benefitsed our play this season. We are a stronger team. I am surprised, yet very pleased, that we are undefeated at this juncture of our schedule."
Boys' Singles - Noah Woodard took the court after a short respite from doubles action for singles competitions versus Ryan Moore, claiming a 7-5, 6-1 win. At the No. 2 position Quinton Martin was defeated by Daniel Zollinger.
"Noah used an effective first serve and several crosscourt backhand winners to claim a closely-contested first set," Orr. "His breaking serve twice in the first three games of the second set allowed him to relax and control the tempo of the match. Quinton plays singles because we need his experience to attempt to earn points; his entire career has been in doubles."
Girls' Singles - Amelia Christy and Catherine Willis provided a one-two punch for the Lady Apaches, claiming wins of 6-2, 6-4 and 6-3, 6-3, respectively.
"We were not in sync at the beginning of either match, but both girls settled into a rhythm, forcing errors by their opponents. Shot selection and serving have benefited our play," noted Orr.
Girls' Doubles - Both teams performed double duty; both teams lost to the stronger opponents before claiming pro-set wins over opponents' number two teams.
Eleanor Gilbert and Madison Lemoine were defeated by Jennifer Henry and Lindsey Duncan 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 and Bridget Cone and Abigail Gilbert were defeated by Leah Spence and Kara Bryan 6-0, 7-5. Gilbert and Lemone defeated Bailey Willis and Laurel Spense 8-2; Cone and Gilbert defeated Libby Herman and Abby Hicks.
"Our doubles' teams have struggled; we simply have not been able to play consistently to build some self-confidence and to gain momentum. We play well in spurts, but we come up short of winning," added Orr.
Boys' Doubles - Woodard and Martin teamed for a 7-5, 6-1 win over Austin McKinley and Jack Alexander.
"A battle in the first set was determined by a break of serve in the twelfth game," Orr said. "Afterwards, we seemed more relaxed in controlling the match. This was a win that did not come easily."
At the No. 2 position, the team of Johnny Law Flournoy and John Curstin Brown were defeated by Trae Sartor and B. C. Alexander 6-2, 6-0. "Our first-year youngsters tasted defeat at the hand of older and more experienced opponents. Each match is a good learning experience for them," added Orr.
Mixed Doubles - Lexie Maritn and Graham Lemoine were defeated by Taylor Schwab and Zaib Qayyam 6-1, 6-2.
"We are a work in progress in mixed doubles. Two plays who have been singles players are learning to be a doubles team. However, we were overpowered by the strength of Qayyum," Orr said.