The West Holmes Knights had been on a bit of a nice run mid way through the tennis season, but recent events have taken a turn for the worse as the young Knights have run into a very difficult portion of their schedule.
The tough competition led to a pair of 4-1 defeats at the hands of New Philadelphia Quakers and Coshocton Redskins, two of the area’s top teams.
The lone survivors for the Knights in both matches were Ethan Meyer and Andrew Rodhe. The pair normally serve as Jason Otto’s number one and two dingles players, but the duo is prepping for a run in the Div. II tournament in doubles play, so they took to the court as West Holmes’ first doubles duo.
Against New Phila, the pair defeated Jacob Heck and Lucas Gooding 6-1, 2-6, 6-3. Versus Coshocton they downed Thomas Guarke and Mitch Milliken 6-0, 6-2.
Other than that, it wasn’t good news for the Knights. Against New Phila, at first singles Mitch McCombs clocked Jason Abraham 6-0, 6-0, and Quaker two man Logan Pipes followed suit, blasting Nathan Hartley 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, John Hipp was able to score at least one game, but fell to Jimmy Gao 6-1, 6-0.
In second doubles play, New Phila’s Drew Gooding and Conner McCombs topped Knights Eric Biltz and Cameron Mathie 6-3, 6-3 in a spirited contest.
The news was similar against Coshocton. At first singles, Jim Magness knocked off Abraham 6-0, 6-0, while his twin brother Sam Magness Xeroxed that score against Hartley.
Cameron Wiandt defeated John Hipp 6-1, 6-0 and at second doubles, Coshocton’s Emily Hartley and Katie Tupper took three sets but eventually came up with a win over Mathie and Biltz 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.
West Holmes is now 6-11 overall and 2-4 in Ohio Cardinal Conference, while Coshocton remained perfect on the campaign, advancing to 13-0.