Excel boys take tennis victory
by Staff Report
Mar 27, 2014 | 377 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Excel boys tennis team picked up three points in singles play to earn its first match of season against Cass in high school tennis play.

The Lady Eagles won one match in a 4-1 loss in girls play while the boys earned a 3-2 victory.

Head coach Mark Hibbard said the Eagles have been improving in recent weeks and that held true in singles and doubles play Tuesday.

“They won in the crazy wind we had,” Hibbard said of the boys team.

Excel picked up its points at the singles No. 1 line where Cade Archer won 6-3, 4-6, 10-5, Sam Kirkland won 6-3, 6-4 in singles No. 2 play and Simon Morris grabbed a victory 6-3, 6-2 at the singles No. 3 line.

In doubles play, Michael Ferris and Vince DaCamara lost 3-6, 3-6 at the No. 1 line and John Berry and Tyler Demers lost 2-6, 1-6 at the No. 2 doubles line.

“This is the first win for the boys,” Hibbard noted. “I think all three of our singles players just played the wind better than their opponents. They were able to play smart in the wind. I felt like our boys as a whole just didn’t try to go for the shot but rather kept the ball in play.”

He said his doubles teams, who he took to watch Georgia Tech netters last week, also played smarter.

“Even though they didn’t win, I could see them learning how to play better,” he said. “I was encouraged by that.”

Hibbard is hopeful this is the start of something good for Excel’s boys team.

“The potential is there for the boys to go into region play and knock off a No. 2 or No. 3 seed,” Hibbard said. “I think they are starting to get mentally into the match and play it one ball at a time instead of worrying about the past.”

Hibbard said his girls team had some players missing and only one player was in her usual position.

Excel claimed its sole match at the singles No. 1 line where Miriam Hibbard won 6-7, 6-4, 10-8. At the singles No. 2 position, Tessa Thornbrough lost 6-7, 3-6. Excel forfeited at singles No. 3.

Sarah Bradley and Dianna Davidson lost 1-6, 0-6 at doubles No. 1. Excel lost by forfeit at the doubles No. 2 line.

Excel next plays Rockmart.