With the district title already secured, it could have been easy for the Warren County High School boys tennis team to relax against Coffee County Tuesday.
The Pioneers didn’t play like a team satisfied with their accomplishments though. Warren County dominated the Red Raiders, winning 8-2 in 10 sets to improve its record to 11-0.
Coach David Dunlap expressed to his team the need to continue to play well and close out opponents. The Pioneers obliged in singles, winning six of their seven sets. Most weren’t even close, as Warren County didn’t allow the Red Raiders to gain any confidence.
Sophomore Shunsuke Nakashima won his only match, defeating Brady Murphy 8-4 in the No. 1 singles set. Junior Thomas Locke moved up to play No. 2 singles, a spot Seth Grissom normally fills, and came through with an 8-5 victory over James Dale.
Nakashima and Locke normally pair to play doubles, but coach Dunlap gave his top duo a break. Seth Grissom and Mitchell Fuqua stepped up to play, but were defeated by Murphy and Dale 8-5.
Sophomore Bryce Caten was able to pick up the slack though, winning his singles set 8-0 over Evan Willis, then teaming with Will Marttala to defeat Randy Wilhoite and Jay Downs 8-1.
It was Marttala’s second win of the afternoon, as he won a tiebreaker to take down Brock Brodman 9-8.
Austin Sauer also picked up a singles win, defeating Downs 8-2. Freshman Ben Gawel picked up his team’s sixth singles win by besting Zack Winton 8-2.
Sauer and Nat Treratanaphan teamed to defeat Willis and Brodman 8-3 for the Pioneers’ second doubles victory and 10th set win overall.
As has been the case all season, coach Dunlap was impressed with the play of his team from top to bottom.
“Our guys did a great job today. Everybody played a good match,” said Dunlap.
Though the Pioneers have had plenty of easy victories over the course of the year, none came any easier than yesterday’s win against Cumberland County. The Jets forfeited the game, giving the Pioneers their 12th victory.
The Pioneers will take the weekend off before returning to action next Tuesday with a game at Webb School. Warren County will take on the Feet at 3:30 p.m.