The Indian River boys’ varsity tennis team won their first match of the season, moving to 1-2 for the season as they whipped up on St. Thomas More, 4-1, on April 5.
First-ranked singles player, senior Bobby Boyce, started it off, winning 6-1, 6-2.
“Bobby played dominating tennis. This is what you want to see from your No. 1 player,” saidhead coach Sean Oates.
Second-ranked singles player, junior Fletcher Garrison, rebounded nicely after losing 2-6 in the first set, winning the match 6-2, 6-4. Garrison improved his record to 4-0 in competition thus far this season.
“He should be able to give Caesar Rodney’s No. 2 some problems, because he will keep the ball in play,” said Oates. “His opponent hits the ball hard, so that will play to Fletcher’s advantage, because he won’t have to generate his own power. Hopefully, it will frustrate his opponent into making mistakes.”
Third-ranked singles player, junior Sean McMullen, lost his match, 6-7, 6-0, 6-3.
Boyce and McMullen will play an inter-squad match to further solidify their lineup for the upcoming match versus Caesar Rodney.
“Bobby had been playing doubles, but Sean’s skills are more suited for doubles. They will play to see who will play where for us,” said Oates.
The chemistry on the doubles teams looks to be solidifying as T.J. Boyce and Daniel Rose (senior and junior, respectively) defeated their opponents, 6-4, 6-2, while juniors Zack Mitchell and Chad Brasure improved their record to 3-0 on the season in defeating their opponents, 6-3, 6-4.
The Indians were due to host Caesar Rodney on April 7 and hoped to use that tough match as a tune-up for their upcoming match-up against Dover on April 12.