The Indian River varsity tennis team split two games to pull their record to 3-6 on the season. Every player got in the mix in the 4-1 victory against Cape Henlopen on April 27.
First-ranked singles player junior Fletcher Garrison improved his record to 7-2 on the season in his second match at this position. Garrison defeated his opponent in consecutive sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Garrison and now first-ranked singles player senior Bobby Boyce challenged each other for the top position and Boyce came out the winner.
“I had them play one set and Fletcher was comfortable with that. He’ll finish out the season at the No. 2 spot,” said Head Coach Sean Oates.
Garrison dropped his first match back from the No. 1 position against Seaford, losing 6-2, 6-4.
Boyce lost both of his matches 7-6, 6-1 against Cape Henlopen and 6-0, 6-0 against Seaford.
Third-ranked singles player junior Sean McMullen returned (along with junior Tommy Reichart) from an academic function in California, to win his match 7-6, 6-1. McMullen was the sole victor in the May 3 match versus Seaford. McMullen defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-4, in his second victory versus Seaford’s No. 3.
First-ranked doubles duo juniors Zack Mitchell and Chad Brasure won their seventh match against Cape Henlopen, which improved their overall record to 7-1.
They defeated their opponents 6-2, 6-4. But the tandem couldn’t follow up their success against Seaford as they fell 6-2, 6-2, dropping them to 7-2.
Second-ranked doubles players Ed Smith and Charlie Cole lost both of their matches — 6-2, 6-4 against Cape Henlopen and 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 against Seaford.
“Ed and Charlie won the first set against Seaford but they kind of melted away at the end,” said Oates.
“We played Seaford a lot tougher than in the first match, even though we lost by more. We won two matches in the first meeting, but our other three matches were all lost 6-0, 6-0. Our matches this time were much closer and the final score isn’t indicative of how close the match actually is,” continued Oates.
Indian River travels to Lake Forest on May 5 and host Milford on May 10 to round out their regular season.
“I’m optimistic that we can win those matches as we head into postseason play,” said Oates.