The Gator Tennis team traveled across town to face rival Lexington. Lexington rolled out a senior heavy lineup with 6 seniors and 1 junior. The Gators fought tough on each court but came up just short of forcing the deciding #1 doubles court.
On court #1, the lone senior Hunter Benefield played a tough opponent who is one of the top players in the region. Hunter struggled to find his groove but fought hard in the match and kept a level head. He dropped the match 0-6, 1-6.
On court #2, freshman Albert Zhu looked to erase his last match and get back to his winning ways. Albert did just that as he played steady tennis to dismantle his opponent quickly winning 6-2, 6-1.
On court #3, Junior Robby Cope back from a concussion, fought admirably and proved to many his true talent. Robby showed a lot of guts and fought through shoulder pain and played a long hard match but came up just short 6-7, 7-6, 0-1.
On court #4, Sophomore Dawson Stebbins played a crafty player but had solid points and rallies. Dawson continues to gain experience every match but came up short tonight losing 0-6, 1-6.
On court #5, 8th Grader Zack Howard played a Senior and showed his toughness once again. After losing a close first set 5-7, Zack fought back to win the second 6-4 and forced the 3rd set tiebreaker. Up 9-6, Zack struggled to close out the match, but was able to regain control and win the 3rd set tiebreak 11-9.
On the #2 Doubles court, Freshman Phoenix Springer and Sophomore Surya Korrapati struggled to find their groove against two senior players and dropped the court 1-6, 0-6.
After a tough week, the Gators host two matches next week and look to get back into the Win column. Come out and support these Gators at home next Tuesday and Thursday!
1) Thomas Bryan (L) d. Hunter Benefield (RB) 6-0, 6-1
2) Albert Zhu (RB) d. Rod Andrew (L) 6-2, 6-1
3) Will Horton (L) d. Robby Cope (RB) 7-6, 6-7, 1-0
4) Nick Neal (L) d. Dawson Stebbins (RB) 6-0, 6-1
5) Zack Howard (RB) d. Santiago Perez-Shillington (L) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0
2) Justin Harris/Hector Santillan-Vazquez (L) d. Surya Korrapati/Phoenix Springer (RB) 6-1, 6-0