The Indian River varsity boy’s tennis team lost a tough 3-2 match versus top-ranked Seaford on March 24.
“Overall, I’m pleased with our progress, even though we lost our first two matches. We’ll get to play them again later in the season — which is good, because it will let us know how much we’ve improved,” said head coach Sean Oates.
Only the Indians’ third-ranked singles player (junior Sean McMullen) and second-ranked doubles team (juniors Zack Mitchell and Chad Brosure) were able to pick up victories in the tough team loss.
McMullen lost his first set, 4-6, but quickly regrouped to win the next two sets in convincing fashion (6-0, 6-3). “Sean rebounded nicely after losing his first match. Hopefully, winning this match has given him some confidence,” said Oates.
Mitchell and Brosure, as Indian River’s second-ranked doubles team, downed their opponents 6-2, 6-4, in consecutive sets to improve their record to 2-0 for the season.
Oates was forced to shuffle his lineup due to an illness — second-ranked singles player junior Fletcher Garrison. The void also left a vacancy in first doubles, which was filled by exhibition player Tommy Reichert.
“We wanted to leave our second doubles team intact so we filled first doubles with an exhibition player,” said Oates. Senior T.J. Boyce filled in for Garrison at second doubles but lost 6-2, 6-0, in consecutive sets. Though he lost the match, Oates said he expects better results from Boyce in the future.
“Seaford’s top two singles players are exceptional. T.J. is just now starting to move into the singles mix now that the season is in full swing. He had missed some practice time early in the season but, hopefully, he’ll help us solidify our line-up,” said Oates.
The Indians will host St. Thomas More on April 5, and the team hopes to turn the tides on their out-of-conference opponent.
“St. Thomas has a little more experience than us right now; but we’ve gotten a lot better, so it should be a good match for us,” said Oates. “We play Dover and Caesar Rodney following St. Thomas, so it will be good to play someone who isn’t that big.”