The Washington boys tennis team wanted to start a new winning streak and Monday afternoon they did just that.
The Hatchets (5-2) swept all five matches in consecutive sets on their way to a victory against North Daviess at Lena Dunn Elementary School. Washington was intent from the beginning to play at a high level and take care of business quickly and efficiently. Starting with one singles player freshman Lucas Miller all the way down to two singles’ Garrett Burton and John Harner, who won both sets without relinquishing a point, the Hatchets presented a total team effort.
“When we took the courts we wanted to make sure we played aggressive, focused tennis and not worry about who’s on the other side of the net,” said Washington assistant coach Wes Taylor. “You never know from one night to the next how good the other guy is going to be. You have to take care of your business.”
The Cougars (3-6) lost their third straight match and head coach Brock Higgins said his team did the best they could given the disparity in talent between the two squads, in what has been a tough part of their schedule as they prepare to match up with Evansville Rivet today.
“We were overmatched today,” Higgins said. “We’ve run into a string of good teams lately.”
Taylor was most imprissed with Miller’s play in his victory against Evan Hawk (6-0, 6-2). He said that improved a lot over the last 12 months and despite his youth, he isn’t just a freshman player trying to figure things out each day.
“Lucas (Miller) had more weapons today, he’s a tennis player,” Taylor said. “He’ll get bigger and faster and stonger, which will end up makin him a better player. Right now he’s a very good tennis player.”
Despite the easy victory for Washington, Taylor said there are still plenty of things each member of the Hatchets can work on as they move toward the sectional.
“Both of our doubles teams still need to work on net efficiency,” Taylor said. “We extend points too often with our volleys instead of ending points and against good teams you will lose matches that way. Our serving is an issue all up and down the line, we are continuing to work to make the serve a weapon, not just an opportunity to get a point started.”
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