JFWA Tennis Opens With Home Match Against Thomas Walker

Katelin Chadwell, Staff Writer

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On Tuesday, April 4th, the JFWA tennis teams hosted Thomas Walker to open the 2017 season.

By the end of the evening, boys’ team earned a close 5-4 victory while the girls’ team came up short against an experienced Lady Pioneers squad, losing 9-0.

Both teams fought faced hot, windy weather for the first time in 2017. The night before rain fell nonstop, but the match was played using only four out of the six available courts because of the puddles. It was the hottest day of the week being 75 degrees.

The Knights escaped with a 5-4 win. First seed was Cody Mason fell to Thomas Walker’s Jordan Hatfield. At second seed was JFWA’s Carson Shumate defeated Cameron Cope 6-0. In similar fashion, Nick Lockhart dropped the Pioneer’s Dawson Smith 6-0. JFWA’s third seed Alan Luc beat Will Rouse 6-2. Fifth Seed Daniel Gao cruised to a 6-1 victory over TWHS’s Josh Ellis.

The match at sixth seed proved to be crucial for the Knights team win. After jumping out to an early lead, JFWA’s Lucas Payne found himself in a tight battle against Thomas Walker’s promising young player, Aiden Grabeel. In the end, Payne, a senior, squeaked out the win, prevailing 8-6 in a tie breaker.

In doubles, the win in hand, JFWA substituted alternates to give them playing time. Thomas Walker won all three doubles matches.

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