EDINBURGH — Hauser’s 5-0 boys tennis win at Edinburgh on Monday makes four in a row for the Jets after dropping their season opener against Shelbyville.
Hauser didn’t lose a match, though Sam Meek had his hands full against Coltan Henderson at No. 1 singles. Henderson stole the first set from Meek, winning 7-6 after a 9-7 tiebreaker.
“I knew (winning the first set) was going to be huge,” Henderson said. “I knew it would set the tone for the rest of the match for me to have a set in the bag. I didn’t have to put it all on myself to win that second set.”
Meek opened the second set playing much more aggressive than he did to start the match, and he forced a third set by taking the second, 6-1.
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Hauser coach John Pratt and Edinburgh coach Pete Khensouri decided to turn the final set into a 10-point super tiebreaker for the sake of time since the match already had been won by the Jets. Meek took the first six points of the tiebreaker and ended up winning, 10-2.
“I wasn’t able to get all the shots I’d like to, but I was able to come back at the end,” Meek said. “I’ve played in a lot of long matches so I’ve kind of gotten used to it. It’s important to get all of the competition you can to be ready for sectional.”
Meek and Henderson’s match took about two hours to finish. Sean Miller also found himself in a drawn-out match against Ryan Gaston of Edinburgh at No. 3 singles. There was a lot of back and forth, but Miller managed to win the match 6-3, 6-1.
“It was interesting because (Miller) only lost a couple of games, but it was a long dogfight,” Pratt said. “… I think sports tells you when you have close matches like this and you can come out on top, that’s how you build. I would rather have solid wins against competitors like this than to face a foe that you’re not going to have much competition. Then all of a sudden here comes sectional and you play Columbus North.”
Hauser’s Justin Compton beat Gabe Wilson 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Jacob Johnson and Alex Gross defeated the Edinburgh duo of Braden McManaway and Bladen Hancock 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles. Jacob Rudd and Ethan Wallace earned the Jets a point at No. 2 doubles by beating Bryce Burton and Parker Bryant 6-1, 6-4.