4/28/15 Kirksville 5, at
|Story by Coach
The Chillicothe Hornets boys tennis team (8-2) hosted
the Kirksville Tigers at Daryl Danner Memorial Park. The
Hornets split the singles and lost two of the three doubles
matches. Gabe Poling continued his terrific singles play
defeating Tyler Hanson 8-4. Gabe got out to a quick start,
5-1, Tyler fought back before eventually giving in. Garrett
Peterson lost 4-8 to Kirksville's Christian Polovich. Nate
McKiddy defeated Ruslan Pultz 9-7. Another come from behind
close victory by Nate. Nate plays the same on game point as he
does the first point. Brandon Lamp fought back from an early
0-3 deficit, but didn't quite make it all the way, losing 6-8
to Dorian Sneddon. Cody Evans lost 0-8 to Aaron Ockenfels.
Lane Bonderer picked up the third singles victory, defeating
Evan Aljundi 8-4.
In number two doubles, Gabe Poling and Lane Bonderer
defeated Poltz and Sneddon 8-4. Gabe and Lane won both singles
and doubles in the match and gave Chillicothe the 4-3 lead.
Brandon Lamp and Cody Evans then lost at number three doubles
3-8 to Ockenfels and Aljundi bringing the match back to a tie.
Garrett Peterson and Nate McKiddy battled back and forth
before Hanson and Polovich pulled away winning 8-3 in the
number one doubles position.
Kirksville was competitive in every position.
Lane Bonderer had a good night. He won a tight 8-4 singles
match and continues to play well in doubles. Despite playing
with the best player in the conference, Gabe Poling, Lane
contributes to the doubles victory, continually improving his
net play. Nate won a match that could have gone either way,
keeping the match close going into doubles play. To the Tigers
credit, they were the aggressor in most of the matches,
keeping the Hornets on their heels and forcing the Chillicothe
players to go for winners from the baseline.