Warren County’s tennis teams hit the courts again for the second time in the same week and this time White County rolled into town and the Warriors brought some sharp-shooters with them. The Pioneers escaped with a 6-3 win in total matches versus White County.
In girls competition, the Lady Pioneers aced White County with a convincing 9-0 thumping.
In Pioneer doubles matches, Jake Hunt and Blake Basham were defeated by Cole Crosland and Peyton Mitchell, 8-3. Hunt and Basham started the match in pretty good shape, but the Warriors had players who could keep pace with the two heavy-hitters from Warren County. This match had the Pioneers playing on their heels.
Pioneers Daniel Campos and Matthew Austin defeated Dylan Summer and Ethan Wilmoth by a final score of 8-1 in a one-sided match. Austin and Campos got off to a quick start and once they realized they could easily break the service game of White County the Pioneers had little else to do besides keeping the ball inbounds.
Kirkland Sauer and Shuhei Sugawara defeated Josh Hitchcock and Eli McCormick, 8-2, for the second Warren County Pioneer doubles win
In Pioneer singles matches, Hunt was defeated by Crosland by a final score of 8-5. Hunt fell behind early and as his game settled in and he progressed in the match, he just could not make up the ground he needed to overcome his Warrior opponent.
The same went for Basham, he was defeated by Mitchell 8-6. Not many people can return Basham’s first serve and White County responded and had Basham down early. Basham played hard and fought his way back but came up just short and gave White County its second singles match win.
Campos defeated Summer by a final score of 8-6 in a very close matchup. Campos’ aggressive play kept him ahead just enough and he took some chances that paid off.
Austin defeated Wilmoth 8-2, Sauer defeated Hitchcock 8-3, and Sugawara defeated McCormick 8-3 in the final three singles matches. In the final three matches experience came into play for Warren County and the Pioneers were able to outlast White County.
In Lady Pioneer matches, White County offered little resistance and Warren County defeated the Lady Warriors in all nine matches played. The only somewhat close doubles match was played by Lauren Hennessee and her partner Kendal Smith. They defeated Megan Holland and Laney Oaks by a final score of 8-3. The other two doubles matches were won by the Lady Pioneers on forfeit due to lack of players.
In singles matches, Lady Pioneer Katie Phillips defeated Holland by a final score of 8-5. Phillips had her hands full for much of the match.
Chelsea Stewart defeated Oaks by a final score of 8-2. Oaks could have been feeling the effects of her doubles match prior to her singles match as she was pancaked by the crafty Stewart.
Maeghan Bates defeated Ashlee Marcum by a score of 8-0 in the final singles match of the afternoon. Bates cruised in her match over Marcum by keeping her shots away from her Lady Warrior opponent.
The tennis teams will have their final home matches April 28 versus Rhea County with match time set for 3:30 p.m. at the tennis courts at McMinnville Civic Center.