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Columbia Missourian

Rock Bridge tennis player Raymond Majors beats Hickman after transferring

By Nate Jacobson
April 4, 2013 | 9:39 p.m. CDT
Three-time defending state champion Rock Bridge played against Hickman at Cosmo Park on Thursday. The Bruins won 7-2.

COLUMBIA— The Rock Bridge boys tennis team defeated Hickman 7-2 on Thursday at Cosmopolitan Park.

For Bruins junior Raymond Majors, it was a return to the courts he played on two years ago. Majors played his freshman season as the No. 1 player at Hickman.

On Thursday, he took the court against his former team and won his singles and doubles match. Majors beat Hickman sophomore Junyi Wu 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singes.

“I think I came out here pretty strong and so did Junyi,” Majors said. “Junyi definitely represented Hickman and I think the match ended up well for both sides.”

Majors usually plays No. 4 or 5 singles for the three-time defending state champions but was given the opportunity at No. 1 by coach Ben Loeb. Loeb was satisfied with the way Majors played.

“I like his competitive fight in a game and the way puts so many balls in play,” Majors said. “It was a tough situation where he got pushed big time in the second set and worked his way out of it.”

Majors decided to attend Rock Bridge after ninth grade for academic purposes, and his father and sister graduated from Rock Bridge. Tennis wasn’t the reason for his decision.

“(Hickman coach) Andy (Materer) runs a really good program here at Hickman,” Majors said. “It was a great year for me and I got so much better the year I played for him.”

Majors was ineligible to play varsity tennis last year because of his transfer. He was able to adjust to a new program by playing junior varsity and watching his teammates win a state championship.

“I saw the competition and the depth of our team last year and it was great,” Majors said. “

Majors won his doubles match with sophomore Rohit Rao 6-1, 6-0 over Hickman’s Samuel Pottipadu and Kellen Blow at No. 2 doubles.

Hickman picked up two singles victories from Pottipadu and Jacob Muchow.

Rock Bridge (4-0) plays Parkway Central at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Later in the day it has a 2 p.m. match against Lafayette. Both matches will be played at Cosmo-Bethel Park.

Hickman (1-1) has a makeup game against Rolla at Cosmopolitan Park at 4 p.m. Friday.