With wins at No. 2 and 3 singles and 3 and 4 doubles, the Hotchkiss tennis team posted a 4-3 win last Wednesday over Fruita Monument High School's junior varsity squad. The Bulldogs lost 4-3 against the 5A school on Aug. 23.
Three of last week's matches went to tiebreakers. No. 1 singles Tony Ibarra, who won his August match in a 10-7 tiebreaker, again went into the tiebreaker, but fell short in a 10-8 loss. Ibarra is now 4-3 for the season after defeating Austin Bowen of Cedaredge, 6-2, 6-4, last Thursday.
No. 2 singles Brydie Mitchell (6-1) won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, at Fruita Monument.
At No. 3 singles, Azure Eller (6-1) pulled off a 6-1, 6-3 win against Fruita Monument.
Fruita Monument swept the doubles matches back in August, but after making some adjustments to the doubles line-up, Hotchkiss walked away with wins at 3 and 4 doubles. At 3 doubles, Caleb Bayles and Josh Parsons teamed up to defeat Fruita 10-5 in a tiebreaker after splitting sets, 6-2, 2-6.
Alex Hulteen partnered with Quentin "Q" Varner for a 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 10-8 win.
David Oviedo and Ulises Mendoza lost in a close 6-4, 6-2 match at 1 doubles, and Tyler Suppes and Keegan Burke were defeated, 6-2, 6-1.
On Thursday, Hotchkiss blanked Cedaredge, 7-0. It was the second time for the two teams to meet this season, and the second time for Hotchkiss to sweep the match. Cedaredge is a young team with a new head coach.
"Cedaredge played really well this time around," said Hotchkiss head coach Brian Benson, "and some of the matches were way closer than the score would indicate."
This week's wins bring the Bulldogs' record to 4-3.
Cedaredge and Hotchkiss will compete this Friday and Saturday at the annual Delta County Invitational tournament.
Grand Junction JV, Fruita Monument JV, Montrose, Montezuma-Cortez and Grand Junction Central will also compete.
Matches begin both days at approximately 8:30 a.m., at Cleland Park (1, 2 and 3 singles and 1 doubles) and at Bill Heddles Recreation Center (2, 3 and 4 doubles).blog comments powered by Disqus