Tiger tennis tumbles to Newton

Paris players give it their best shot, but lack of experience lets opponents pull ahead

Special to The Prairie Press
Posted 5/3/21

NEWTON — Paris High School tennis players did not have a good night Thursday, April 29, facing off against the Newton Eagles.

“We don’t have a lot of tennis experience, and I …

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Tiger tennis tumbles to Newton

Paris players give it their best shot, but lack of experience lets opponents pull ahead

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NEWTON — Paris High School tennis players did not have a good night Thursday, April 29, facing off against the Newton Eagles.

“We don’t have a lot of tennis experience, and I think that showed in tonight’s matches,” said Paris coach Stefan Aydt.

He added Newton has one of the best players in the area who controlled the #1 match against Tiger player Fox Davis. Newton won in 6-2, 6-1. Aydt was pleased with the effort by Davis, despite the loss.

“At number 2, Chance Westerfield played some really good tennis, hitting well-placed hard shots to take a 6-0, 6-0 win,” said Aydt.

Cooper Kuglin struggled against his opponent at #3 and lost 6-2, 6-2. The match at #4 featured a lot of quickly hit balls, but Ean McConkey had trouble getting anything past his opponent and lost 7-5, 6-3.

At #5, Aidan Creech had trouble finding a weakness in his Newton opponent and fell 6-2, 6-2.

Hudson David gave the Tigers a hard-fought win at #6 singles.

“He (David) built a big lead early and took the first set 6-3, but his opponent made some adjustments, including hitting a lot more serves in, to take a 6-2 win in the second,” Aydt said. “The tiebreak was close until Hudson took advantage of some errors to win 5 in a row and take a 6-3, 2-6, 10-5 win in his first career varsity singles match.”

With split wins in single play, Paris needed to win all three double-matches to get a victory in the meet. Results of the #2 doubles created some optimism when Kuglin and Westerfield won 6-2, 6-0.

It was a different story for Aidan Creech and David at #3 losing 6-2, 6-0. 

“The number 1 doubles match was another closely contested match, with lots of good net play as well as some long rallies,” said Aydt. “We lost several deuce games in a first set that was much closer than the 6-2 win for Newton shows. “Close games went our way in the second set, giving us a 6-4 win, but Newton was able to pull away at the end of the tiebreak for the 6-2, 4-6, 10-7 win.

With the loss, Paris High School tennis is 2-4 (0-1 LIC) for the season.

“It was a tough night, but our effort and focus were a bright spot,” said Aydt. “We gained a lot of experience and have a better idea of what to work on going forward.”

Paris is home at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 3, in a meet with Mt Zion. 

 

Varsity

Newton 6, Paris 3

Singles

#1: Ben Street (N) def. Fox Davis (P) 6-2, 6-1

#2: Chance Westerfield (P) def. Isaac Kocher (N) 6-0, 6-0

#3: Kayden Schackmann (N) def. Cooper Kuglin (P) 6-2, 6-2

#4: Luke Weber (N) def. Ean McConkey (P) 7-5, 6-3

#5: Adam Zumbahlen (N) def. Aidan Creech (P) 6-2, 6-2

#6: Hudson David (P) def. Kenny Hartke (N) 6-3, 2-6, 10-5

Doubles

#1: Street/Hartke (N) def. Davis/McConkey (P) 6-2, 4-6, 10-7

#2: Westerfield/Kuglin (P) def. Schackmann/Kocher (N) 6-0, 6-2

#3: Zumbahlen/Weber (N) def. Creech/David (P) 6-2, 6-0

 

Junior Varsity (exhibition, no meet score)

Singles

Adam Creech lost 7-5

Vincent Briseno lost 7-6(2)

Doubles

Adam Creech/Danny Li lost 6-1

Gage Keen/Ethan Moore lost 6-4

Vincent Briseno/Braydon Atkinson lost 6-3

Jace Kaufman/Ethan Smittkamp lost 6-1