Hickman got its first shutout win of the season on Monday, but it hopes it will not be the high point of the week.
The Kewpies beat Mexico 9-0 at home.
Hickman (25-2) dominated Monday, winning every match in straight sets. Hickman lost one game or less in all but three of the matches.
Hickman had come close to shutout wins in its past two home matches but fell 8-1 to Marshall on April 20 and Jefferson City on April 27. The Kewpies are 25-2 in match play at home this season.
The Kewpies play Rock Bridge today at 4 p.m. at Hickman.
Monday, Hickman senior Zach Coble beat George Cyriac at No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-1. Coble and Greg Anderson won 6-0, 6-3 against Humza Waheed and Andre Leme at No. 2 doubles.
“Singles was all right, I had a lot of my shots going for me there and that was pretty good,” Coble said. “(In) doubles, the first set we did all right. We kind of let up in the second set and that was no good. We had to fight back and start playing our game again, but we finished strong and that was pretty good.”
Coble and Anderson’s strong finish was the highlight of the day’s most competitive match. They came back from a 3-2 deficit in the second set.
Hickman’s top four singles players are undefeated at home this year, and Monday was the smoothest match thus far. In addition to Coble’s win, Nate Bohon won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1, Omeed Latifi won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 and Greg Anderson won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4.
In spite of the shutout, assistant coach John Miles said the Kewpies have plenty of room to get better.
“The competition wasn’t real strong today,” he said. “Some of the players did quite well with their strokes and others got a little sloppy because the competition wasn’t good.”
Coble said that Monday’s win gives the Kewpies something good to take into their match against the Bruins.
“A 9-0 win always helps out the confidence coming into a big match like Rock Bridge,” Coble said. “You can’t go wrong with a win like that.”
Hickman lost to Rock Bridge 7-2 on April 8, but Miles said that he thinks the Kewpies have reason to be confident this time.
“A lot of those matches were very close, so it’s just a matter of playing their game,” he said. “They’re going to have to play their very best game to beat Rock Bridge, but it’s possible this year. In the past couple years it’s not been even feasible, but it is feasible this time.”
This is Coble’s last shot at beating the Bruins.
“We’re going to have to play a lot of good tennis,” he said.. “If we come out strong tomorrow, we might have a pretty good chance of beating them, I’m hoping so.”