Matt Dresner and Justin Winner couldn’t get it done alone, but as a team they prevailed.
They lost close singles matches for Rock Bridge against Hickman on Thursday at Bethel Park but won their doubles match in a tie-breaker.
Rock Bridge won the other singles matches and all three doubles to win 7-2 and bring its record to 4-0.
“From a confidence standpoint it’s good to get off to a good start,” Bruins coach Ben Loeb said. “It’s especially good to get off to a good start against good competition.”
Loeb said a big part of his team’s success is its strength in the lower matches.
Dresner lost to Hickman’s Omeed Latifi 6-3, 2-6 (11-9) in the No. 2 singles match. Hickman’s Zach Coble defeated Winner 5-7, 6-3 (10-8) at No. 3.
During the 10-point tiebreaker, Dresner fell behind 8-4. He rallied to tie the score at 8. Dresner couldn’t hold Latifi off and lost when he returned a volley and it landed out of bounds.
Dresner said the loss was frustrating but knew he needed to prepare for his next match.
Winner met a similar fate in the tiebreaker against Coble. Winner came back from a 7-5 deficit to tie at 7. They traded points, then Coble won the next two to take the match.
Dresner and Winner faired better in No. 1 doubles against Latifi and Coble, winning 6-3, 7-6 (4). Dresner said getting the win was important for both him and Winner.
“We both went into that match looking for the win,” Dresner said. “We really wanted it badly so winning it that close obviously makes it that much better.”
Loeb said he was proud of the way Winner and Dresner bounced back from singles defeats. Loeb said it took a lot of resilience from each of the players to come back and win a close match.
Dresner said the early losses helped get their minds back on track.
“We were probably more mentally focused just because we had lost those matches so close,” Dresner said. “We wanted the win that much more.”
Jon-Eric Meyer dominated No. 1 singles. Meyer defeated Hickman’s Nate Bohom 6-0, 6-1.
Meyer controlled the match and seemed to be relaxed and able to place the ball anywhere he wanted on the court. At times Bohom appeared to become frustrated and double faults hurt his play.
“I thought he played a very smart match today in singles and when he does that he’s very tough to beat,” Loeb said.