It was a bit of a rarity on the tennis courts when West Holmes hosted Norwayne in a non-conference match-up.
Most of this season, the Knights have relied heavily on number one man Ethan Meyer to be the guy to carry them. He has, dropping only one match entering the evening.
However, this night was no ordinary night for the two-time state qualifier, who was slated to take on a ferocious competitor in Dillion Early, a hard-hitting senior Bobcat who has his sights set on a state title, something he was a favorite to accomplish last season before a socking loss sent him packing.
While Early took care of business, handing Meyer a 6-3, 6-1 defeat, the rest of the Knights carried the day and West Holmes earned a 4-1 victory.
“Ethan would have to play out of his mind to beat him,” said West Holmes coach Jason Otto of Early.
Meyer knew that, and went into the night with some fairly simple thoughts. Play as well as he could and try to capture four games total.
He did that, but it wasn’t easy having to deal with the wicked-serving Early.
“I knew I couldn’t leave anything short, because he would destroy it if I did,” sad Meyer following the match. “I wanted to win four games from him, and I accomplished that, and so I am satisfied with the effort. And we won, too.”
At second singles, Eric Biltz easily disposed of Norwayne’s Jarren Sheppard 6-0, 6-1, and it took Knights’ sophomore Jason Abraham a tad longer, but he eventually churned out a 6-1, 6-4 win over Logan Snow in a balanced match.
At fist doubles, the West Holmes duo of Madison Cox and John Hipp struggled in the early going, then righted the ship and rolled to a 7-5, 7-1 win over Joanna Moine and Anthony Tosatto. West Holmes senior Nathan Hartley and teammate Megan Morrison also got a challenge from Norwayne’s Jessica Moine and Katie Armstrong, before pulling out a 6-4, 6-4 win.
West Holmes is now 6-5 on the season, and they did it on the strength of a solid team effort that saw everyone else pick up their leader in a nice way.