Hornets Tennis
5/5/15 at Chillicothe 9, Lafayette 0

Story by Coach Bob Long
     The Chillicothe Hornets tennis team (12-2) hosted the Lafayette Fighting Irish at Daryl Danner Memorial Park. Lafayette was able to bring only five players on a night when the senior Hornet players were honored. Chillicothe has three graduating senior netters. Gabe Poling son of Angela and Kelly Poling, Garrett Peterson son of Sally and Kent Peterson, and Riley Horton son of Karen and Chuck Horton. All three seniors have been instrumental in bringing along the younger players. Gabe and Garrett pairing up and playing their best with whoever they play doubles with. Riley helping the first and second year players feel welcome and playing doubles with anyone. The seniors have established the atmosphere. They play hard and try to win, but remain flexible and team players.
     In singles, Gabe Poling runs his singles record to 18-0 beating Miller Hadley 8-1. Garrett Peterson defeated Gentry Cline 8-2. Garrett began 1-2, before steadying to win the final seven games. Nate McKiddy bested Tristan Trautloff 8-0. Nate has an 8-1 singles record on the season and in six of the eight wins his record is 48-1. Brandon Lamp and Cody Evans each won 8-0 against Skylar Flaska and Henry Klassen respectively. Lane Bonderer won 8-0 receiving a forfeit.
     In doubles, Garrett Peterson and Nate McKiddy defeated Miller and Cline 8-2. As in Garrett's singles, the match began competitively before the Hornet duo pulled away. Gabe Poling and Lane Bonderer beat Trautloff and Flaska 8-0. Poling and Bonderer are 7-0 in doubles on the season. Brandon Lamp and Cody Evans received an 8-0 forfeit completing the 9-0 match sweep.
     Chillicothe clinched a share of the conference title with the win, running their conference record to 5-0. The Hornets travel to Maryville Thursday with the opportunity to sweep the conference schedule. Maryville has two conference losses. Savannah has one conference loss, that one being to Chillicothe. Thanks and congratulations to former coaches Ed and Aaron Douglas. Thanks and congratulations to seniors and their parents for supporting the tennis program.

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