JAMESTOWN — The Greeneview and Cedarville high school tennis teams are very similar, in that they both have very young players on their squads. Before Tuesday afternoon’s Ohio Heritage Conference match, neither team had won a match this season.
It took nearly three hours, but visiting Cedarville managed a hard-fought 3-2 win over the host Greeneview Rams, Tuesday on the Seaman Park tennis courts.
“This is the first time that we’ve beaten Greeneview since I’ve been here,” said second-year Cedarville coach Stephen Eggleston. “Both of us have a lot of players who are still learning the game. We just managed to play a little bit better this time.”
Cedarville’s Jared Gillespie defeated Josh Rogers in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2; and the Indians doubles tandems of Ian Waltz-Chad Clark and Jason Brown-Kylie Beste also claimed straight-set wins.
The Waltz-Clark duo defeated Greeneview’s Luke Barker and Alex Nixon, 6-3, 6-1, and the Brown-Beste pair nipped the Rams’ Tyler McCoy-Will Irvin team by a 7-5, 6-4 score.
Greeneview’s two wins also turned out to be the two matches that went into lengthy three-set battles.
At second singles, Greeneview’s Tyler Scott rallied from a 3-6 first-set loss to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-1 over Cedarville’s David Thurlow.
At third singles, the Rams’ Josh Jenkins claimed a nearly 3-hour 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win over Cedarville’s Jesse Ruby.
As the matches were taking place, both coaches were comparing their rosters. And they found several similarities.
Both had players who were just learning the game this season. Both had some players who had never picked up a racket before this season. And both had players who were seniors, but had never played high school varsity tennis before this season.
The coaches agreed that they’d prefer to have student-athletes join the team as freshmen, so that they can have the time to develop the players’ abilities each season they play the game.
“If you can play the game for a few seasons, and then work on your game over the summer months, you can become a decent high school tennis player,” said Greeneview coach Troy Terrill. “We love coaching an athlete from their freshman year on like that. It’s a lifetime sport that they can play for years to come.”
Cedarville is now 1-1 overall, and Tuesday’s win was the first OHC match for either team, so the Indians are 1-0 there. Greeneview has played a few more matches, but with little to show for it in the wins column. The Rams are now 0-4, 0-1 OHC.
Both teams return to action today. Greeneview is on the road at Urbana, while Cedarville is at Springfield Catholic Central.