Hickman fought hard, but it could not win the close matches against Rock Bridge on Thursday.
The Bruins beat the Kewpies 8-1 at Hickman. Four matches went to tiebreakers and two more went 7-5 in the first set.
Rock Bridge (11-1) beat Hickman 7-2 on April 8, but Hickman coach Jeff Moore said he thinks his team played better Thursday.
“I’m a little bit disappointed in the score,” he said. “We played closer than we did last time, but the score didn’t indicate it.”
Hickman (6-4) earned its win at No. 2 singles, where Omeed Latifi beat Matt Dresner 6-4, 5-7, (10-6).
Moore said he has come to expect wins from Latifi.
“Omeed’s been solid for us all year,” he said.
Latifi and Nate Bohon fell 2-6, 6-4 (12-10) to Dresner and Justin Winner in a dramatic No. 1 doubles match.
With the match tied at 3, Bohon smashed a forehand to the left side to take the lead. Latifi responded with a yell of encouragement, but it quickly turned to a yell of pain. He then dropped his racket and walked gingerly around the court before going to the ground with cramps in both legs.
“It started with one cramp, but then it got into the hamstring, the stomach, the quads, it was everywhere,” he said.
Coaches treated Latifi and action soon resumed, but his movement was obviously hindered.
Play stopped again with the Bruins leading 11-10 when Latifi’s cramps returned. He came back again and served the final point of the match, but Hickman lost when it could not put the Bruins’ return back in play.
“It was very disappointing actually,” Latifi said. “We were hoping for a good match, which we got. You have to give them credit. We were kind of breaking them there in that second set. I think maybe if we could’ve got one more break it would’ve been over.”
There was more drama when Rock Bridge’s Jon-Eric Meyer beat Bohon at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 4-6, (10-4).
There was a brief moment of controversy in the first set when Meyer called a Bohon forehand out at the back line.
“I called it out right away but I didn’t mean it,” he said. “It was just instinct, but I corrected it right away. It made me look like the biggest cheater of all time.”
Moore said he was pleased with the way Bohon rallied after the first set.
“Nate came back and played real well, but it’s not the way he’d like it to end,” Moore said.