The Wildcat boys and girls tennis teams travelled to Bacon Park April 2 to challenge a strong Savannah Arts team.
They returned with a win for the boys and a loss for the girls. Both groups were involved with close matches that could have sent the game points to the other side. The girls finished with a 1-4 loss while the boys took a victory 5-0.
The boys needed to play near flawless tennis to take the match. They stayed focused throughout the match and made very few unforced errors. Michael Zhu had the best performance of the night and dominated the No. 1 singles slot. Chris Noonburg showed the maturity and patience that he needed to take the No. 2 singles slot in two sets. Jason Trankle faced a hard hitting opponent but controlled the points through excellent defensive play. Nic Balas and Ethan Lane took charge immediately and picked up another win at the two doubles slot. John Rush and Kyle Guither were the first off the court with a win coming through hard hitting baseline play and net domination.
For the ladies, the high point was claimed by No. 2 singles Fiona Baer. She managed a two set win over a tough opponent. No. 1 singles, senior Emily Stephens, bowed out early after faltering in a first set tie-break before dropping a hard fought second set. Sofia Donleavy was ousted in two brief sets but fought to deuce in most games. No. 1 doubles Cristina Rodriguez and Lauren Tivitayakun had trouble getting started against a veteran group. Cristina had many excellent "gets" but finished in two sets. Nicole Dupasquier and Emily Li returned after a brief illness. The RHHS duo gave Savannah Arts a run before eventually dropped the match.
The teams are now preparing for a regional showdown with South Effingham this coming week.