On Tuesday, the Hickman tennis team showed a lot can change in two weeks.
The Kewpies beat the Jefferson City Jays 8-1 at Hickman. The win avenged a 5-4 loss April 13 at Jefferson City.
Hickman coach Jeff Moore said he thinks this match might be a better indicator of his team’s ability than the previous one.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but we had a trip on down to Springfield that night and we played the next morning at 8,” he said. “I don’t know if we should’ve played that match in that situation. I think our guys may have been looking ahead a little bit or just not focused on what was at hand.”
Moore said Hickman (5-3) surprised him with such a resounding win against the Jays (5-4).
“I didn’t know for sure today how we’d play,” he said. “Our guys stayed focused and really stepped it up a little bit and their guys, I think, didn’t respond to it.”
Hickman’s Nate Bohon beat Josh Roling 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Roling had beaten Bohon in the previous meeting.
Bohon said he focused on avoiding mistakes and controlling his serve to earn the win.
“I thought I played pretty consistently overall,” he said. “My serve was very inconsistent today, but I think by the end of the match it was getting in consistently, and I was breaking his serve pretty consistently, too. I tried not to hit my first serve as much because it was not really going in at all. I just tried to hit my second serve every time and get it in.”
Moore said he thought Bohon knew he needed to win this time.
“I think he was really disappointed they way he played the first time,” he said. “He felt like he didn’t play good enough to win. He knew he had to step it up. This is all looking towards districts and seeding, so the win was really important for him.”
Omeed Latifi (No. 2) and Greg Anderson (No. 4), the only Kewpies to win singles matches two weeks ago, kept up their winning ways.
Latifi beat David Kuo 6-2, 6-3, and Anderson beat Henry Thompson 6-2, 6-0. Hickman’s Zack Coble beat David Rickard 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 to round out Hickman’s consistent top four. Hickman had success outside of the top four as well. Kyle King won at No. 6, and the Kewpies swept doubles play in straight sets.
Moore said these wins were a surprise.
“The top four took care of their business, which is almost expected of them,” he said. “We had some help from Kyle King at No. 6 and then our three doubles. That might of been our second win of the year there. That’s our weak point and it showed a little strength today.”
Jefferson City earned its win at No. 5. Jesse Crowe came from behind to beat Trevor Suich 2-6, 6-4 (10-6).
This was Hickman’s second consecutive home match where it came within one win of a shutout. It beat Marshall by the same score April 20, winning every match except No. 3 doubles.
The win was big, but Moore said this does not answer questions about which team is better.
“They’ve got some good players, and they still had some nice points,” he said. “We’re still 1-1, so it’s not like we’re the dominant team, either.”