Hickman needed to rebound after a tough loss to Rock Bridge, and rebound it did.
The Kewpies beat the Hannibal Pirates 9-0 in tennis Tuesday at Hickman. It was Hickman’s second shutout in three matches.
Hickman coach Jeff Moore said the Pirates might not be at the same skill level as Hickman, but they were a good test.
“Hannibal … they’re young, but they like to compete, so I wanted our guys to be focused when they came in here today,” he said.
“All of them had some games where they didn’t play real good, but they came through it OK. With a 9-0 victory, I just felt like we stayed focused and took care of business. Anytime you do something like that, it helps you out mentally.”
Hickman junior Nate Bohon beat Steven Link 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Bohon said he agreed the competition was weak but didn’t have problems keeping his concentration.
“You just have to worry about your game and not who you’re playing,” he said. “You just have to serve well and try to break their serve. If they break down, it’s their own fault.”
Hannibal coach Jay Johnson said he doesn’t let the Pirates’ record get him down.
“I don’t know what it is, but it’s not good,” he said. “We’re having a rebuilding year right now, so we’ll be better for them next year.”
Hickman (7-4) is almost done with its season. It has a match Thursday at Sedalia, then begins District 5 play Saturday at Waynesville.
Hickman’s Greg Anderson said the win could have a big affect on the team’s late-season confidence.
“It really pumped us up,” he said. “It’s actually almost harder with a big win, though. You can’t look at what you did wrong because you won so big. If you can win big against this team, but then lose to a team like Rock Bridge, there’s definitely a big gap there.”
Anderson and Zach Coble, both seniors, played together in doubles and won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2.
“We work well together because we are both seniors and we know it’s our last year,” Anderson said. “We know we’ve got a lot on the line. I think we have a really good chance at districts to make it to state.”
Moore said the duo, along with the rest of the team, is on its way to a good performance at districts.
“Hopefully we’re doing the things we need to do,” he said. “You have to acknowledge Zach Coble and Greg Anderson though. They’ve been good steady players and have done what we’ve asked them to do.”
Step by step, the Kewpies are approaching the level of play needed for the district tournament.
“I feel like we’ve improved over the last three or four weeks, but we’ve got to get a little bit better,” he said. “Time is late.”