4/14/15 at Chillicothe 5, St
Joseph Bishop LeBlond 4
|Story by Coach
The Chillicothe Hornet tennis team (5-1) hosted the
Bishop LeBlond Golden Eagles at Daryl Danner Memorial Park.
After splitting the singles competition, the Hornets won two
of the three doubles matches to claim the victory 5-4. Senior
Gabe Poling defeated the competitive Steven Mears 8-1. Garrett
Peterson gained a sizable lead against LeBlond's John Lierz
7-4, but Lierz battled back to push the match into a
tie-breaker and eventually won 9-8 (7-3). Nate McKiddy
defeated Spencer Joe 8-0 and Brandon Lamp beat Teddy Sommers
8-2. Hornet junior Cody Evans battled back and forth with Andy
Burns of LeBlond, before losing control at the end 7-9. Lane
Bonderer lost in a tie-breaker to Sean Davis 8-9 (4-7).
In doubles, the number one team of Garrett Peterson and
Nate McKiddy took the court as the other Hornet teams were
finishing up and sealing the win. Peterson and McKiddy lost
3-8 to Mears and Lierz of LeBlond. Gabe Poling and Lane
Bonderer faced Sommers and Burns in the number two spot.
Gabe's dominating play and Lane's athletic ability at the net
secured the 8-1 win. Juniors Brandon Lamp and Cody Evans won
the eventual deciding match, defeating Joe and Davis 8-4.
Brandon and Cody held the lead throughout, but the LeBlond
pair didn't give in.
It was difficult to break away from the young and talented
LeBlond team. In the three close matches, Chillicothe wound up
on the losing end of them all. At times, senior Garrett
Peterson, and juniors Cody Evans and Lane Bonderer appeared to
have their matches in hand, but the Eagles found ways to come
out on top. All of the Hornet doubles teams are competitive,
but securing the second doubles win and the team victory was a
relief. We will certainly battle LeBlond again in the St
Joseph tournament and the MEC conference tournament. The
Hornets face Cameron Monday, April 20 at Danner Park.