COLUMBIA — When Rock Bridge senior Aron Franck crushes a forehand, points don’t usually last long.
Franck said his power game was on full display when he defeated Hickman junior Alex Turner 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles match Wednesday at Rock Bridge. The Bruins swept the Kewpies 9-0 in the dual match, and did not drop a single set..
“At times I played really well,” Franck said.
Rock Bridge coach Ben Loeb said he thought Franck did well, but was over-hitting at times. He added that he thinks Franck needs to relax when he plays because sometimes he is too tight or tries too hard.
“When he is playing aggressively, but within himself, that’s his best tennis,” Loeb said.
Franck’s father starting teaching him to play tennis when Franck was just 5 years old, and by the time Franck was a sophomore, he was playing No. 1 singles for the Bruins.
Last year, Franck qualified for the state tournament but lost in the first round and was eliminated in the consolation quarterfinals. He said his goal this year is to finish in the top five.
“That would make my year,” Franck said.
Loeb said he thinks it’s a good goal.
“He has a shot at top five. I wouldn’t say it’s a great shot, but he certainly has a shot at it,” Loeb said. “I think he should be happy with top six because that’s how many medal.”
This year, Franck has had to battle with senior Jay Kinderknecht for the No. 1 singles spot. The two have been switching at No. 1 so far this season. Kinderknecht defeated Hickman senior Brandon Page 6-2, 6-4 in the closest match of Wednesday’s competition.
Hickman coach Andy Materer said he was pleased with how the Kewpies (2-5) played, and had nothing but praise for Rock Bridge (9-0).
“I honestly feel they are the best team in the state,” Materer said.
Materer played tennis at Rock Bridge when he was in high school and qualified for the state tournament three times. He called this team the best Rock Bridge team ever because they have so much depth.
“They are good 1-12,” Materer said.
Rock Bridge will host Glendale at 4:30 p.m today. On Friday and Saturday, both teams will host the Mid-Missouri Invitational that Loeb said has a tough field.