SC tennis tops Pirates, fall to Salem
The South Central boys’ tennis team welcomed Salem to the Rebels’ home opener last Wednesday.
Despite a solid performance from South Central’s No. 1 singles’ player Parker Gabhart, Salem came away with a 4-1 team victory.
‘We’re entering this season young and inexperienced, only returning two varsity players from last season,’ Casey Hogan, South Central’s coach, said. ‘We just got stomped by Providence on Tuesday, but that match helped our games so much. Wins will come.’
Gabhart came away with South Central’s lone win, taking down Caleb Couch, 6-2, 6-3.
‘Parker played great today,’ Hogan said. ‘This kid has got talent, with a 120-mph serve, and he’s still a junior. If he keeps building his game, watch out.’
In remaining singles’ matches, Salem’s Jordan Barker won No. 2 6-3, 6-1 over Jack Turner, while Keenan Bowles took Dakota Lambert 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3.
Doubles was swept by Salem with Lyndon Yoder and Jaelen Nice defeating Henry Dunn and Tanner Stark 6-2, 6-4 in No. 1 action. On the opposite court, Henry Hentrup and Sutton Day fell to Derek Sinex and Kade Roach 6-2, 6-1.
South Central turned around and defeated Charlestown 4-1 on Monday.
Gabhart scored a 6-0, 6-0 win over Kyle Jackson while Dunn defeated Tyler Massie 6-1, 6-3. In No. 3 singles, Tanner Stark bested Zack Whitten 6-2, 6-1.
The fourth win came in No. 1 doubles with Turner and Hentrup beating Zack Gibson and Chris Bates 6-3, 6-4.
‘Seniors, Dunn and Stark, played with a lot of poise today,’ Hogan said. ‘I thought we’d be tired after a 12-hour tournament on Saturday but everybody played great. The (No. 2 doubles) match could have gone either way.’ Our record is 1-3 but we had a really tough opening schedule.’