Boys tennis team season ends at sectional

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Photo by Donald Arbuckle

By Alli Thompson

The SHS boys’ tennis team finished out its season with a 13-2 record.

Cameron Gaffney (12) said “The season was a very productive season. I was on the team for just one season, but I felt like the team improved a ton.”

According to Head Coach Tyler Jackson, there have been a series of great matches this season. The first being the match against Seymour at the beginning of the season on Aug. 17 where number 1 singles Camden Jones (12) pulled through his four hour match giving the team a 3 – 2 win. A few other matches that Jackson believed the team performed well were the Scott County Invitational, where Jones took home first place in 1 singles, Mark Hays (12) placed first in 2 singles, and Jordy Smith (10) won first in 3 singles. Smith also brought home first place in number 3 singles at the News Albany Invitational on Aug. 24 and 25.

Smith said, “It was the biggest tournament of the year and I knew I had to play my best to be able to win it.”

Another memorable match was against Austin on Sept. 19 where the team won 4-1. Jackson said there was one match in particular where the number 1 doubles team played very well.

“The match was against Bedford North Lawrence and Cole Atha and Ryan Gibson both played really well and beat a couple of seniors in a 3rd set,” said Jackson.

On Sept. 28, the team headed to Seymour for the first round of sectional matches. The team fought very hard but fell short. Jones lost to Seymour 4-6, 4-6. Hays lost the first set and won the second set and then won by default. Smith won 6-1, 6-2. 1 and 2 doubles played hard but fell short. The team ended their season with a senior night celebration on Oct. 2.

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