Hickman had to wait awhile, but it finally got its first home win of the season.
The Kewpies beat the Marshall Owls 8-1 on Wednesday, a day later than expected. The match was postponed Tuesday when bad weather forced the Owls to stay home. It also was supposed to be Hickman’s third home match. Rain canceled earlier matches against Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit North.
Hickman coach Jeff Moore said he was glad the match was rescheduled.
“We needed a good match,” he said. “It’s been awhile since we’ve played.”
In the final singles match of the day, Hickman’s Nate Bohon beat Myles Yokeley 7-5, 6-1 at No. 1 as the other players looked on waiting for doubles play to begin.
Bohon thrived on the attention.
“The first set was close, but I just had to be patient,” Bohon said. “He’s a pretty good player and he’s beat me before, so I knew if I just hung in there the match would be pretty close.”
Bohon made adjustments in the second set that turned the match’s momentum. One adjustment countered Yokeley’s strength, while one attacked his weakness.
“I tried not to come up to the net as much because he has a pretty good lob,” he said. “He was running around his backhand a lot to hit a good forehand because his backhand is a little weaker, so I took advantage of that.”
Bohon finished with a flourish. He won the sixth set with an ace to take a commanding 5-1 lead. In the seventh set, he spread the ball around the court, wearing out Yokeley and forcing him into errors. The match ended when a frustrated Yokeley hit a shot into the net.
Omeed Latifi, a Hickman sophomore, won his match against Hunter Hsu but said he saw room for improvement.
“I thought I played all right except for my double faults,” he said. “I double faulted so much that it was kind of ridiculous. He had a good serve and I had trouble with that for awhile, but besides that I thought I played decent.”
The Kewpies went 6-0 in singles play. Zach Coble won at No. 3, Greg Anderson at No. 4, Trevor Suich at No. 5 and Kyle King at No. 6.
Moore said he enjoyed the Kewpies’ effort.
“They all played pretty well under control,” he said. “Marshall … I feel like they’re always some pretty good competition. They’ll fight you no matter what the score is. They’ll usually get you into some long point situations, some deuce situations, so overall, I was really pleased with our singles.”
Marshall showed its competitiveness in the final doubles match. The Owls’ Alex Winning and Justin Barber beat Hickman’s Trevor Suich and Kyle King 10-7 to avoid the shutout.