Vikings net 7-2 win over Spartans
Three of the four regular sets on Thursday between the top-two singles players from Northern Vance and Kerr-Vance were decided by two points or less.
No. 1 Taylor Abbott of KVA (1-3) edged Dar Sedigh and Vikings No. 2 Nathan Oakes pulled away from William Parish on a blustery day at Fox Pond Park.
Northern (3-4) controlled the rest of the match against a five-man Spartans squad, netting a 7-2 win.
“It was a nice competition today between the schools. I think they enjoyed it,” said Northern head coach Hilda Delbridge.
Abbott and Parish are the only KVA seniors and the rest of the squad is made up of middle school players.
Abbott lost the first set to Sedigh via tiebreaker before taking the next set 6-1 and the 10-point deciding match tiebreak, 10-8.
“I think he served extremely well today,” KVA head coach Dave Donaldson said of Abbott. “And also just the maturity — both players were fighting for every point rather than just going for the big winner.”
Donaldson said he was pleased with his younger players including Spencer Turner, who was returning from injury.
The next meeting between the city rivals is scheduled for April 17 at KVA.
“Next time we should have six players — it should be a pretty interesting match,” said Donaldson.
Oakes needed a tiebreaker against Parish in their first set before besting his Spartan opponent by two games to clinch a win.
Oakes has been battling Sedigh for the top seed and gets a chance next week to claim it with a “challenge match” in practice against Sedigh. Still recovering from an injury, Joseph Sharpe is also expected to battle his way into the top-three seeds for Northern.
“Nathan had some tough matches this week, so this win was really good for him,” said Delbridge.
Oakes was the only Viking to win a game on Wednesday against 3-A Big Eight Conference opponent Cardinal Gibbons, the reigning dual team state champion.
Delbridge is in her first season coaching high school boys tennis after starting the girls programs at Vance Senior High, Southern Vance and Crossroads Christian.
Delbridge said the Gibbons team was the best boys team she has come across and noted that Crusaders coach Andrew Tuttle believes this team is even better than last season’s. Tuttle’s top two seeds did not play against the Vikings in their doubleheader.
Northern returns to action on Monday at Person while KVA hosts Southern Vance today at 4 p.m.
NORTHERN 7, KVA 2
No. 1 — KVA’s Taylor Abbott def. Dar Sedigh 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 (10-8).
No. 2 — NV’s Nathan Oakes def. William Parish 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
No. 3 — NV’s Blake Manning def. Curtis Murphy 6-1, 6-1.
No. 4 — NV’s Chris Pendergrass def. Spencer Turner 6-1, 6-0.
No. 5 — NV’s Ray Cheever def. Zach Ellington 6-3, 6-1.
No. 6 — NV’s Barry Bobbitt won by forfeit.
No. 1 — KVA’s Abbott and Parish def. Oakes and Manning 8-2.
No. 2 — NV’s Sedigh and Bobbitt def. Murphy and Ellington 8-1.
No. 3 — NV won by forfeit.
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