On Wednesday evening Northview's boys tennis team came up just short in their season opening match with the Bloomfield Cardinals.
The Knights fell behind early as the number one doubles pairing of Jeremy Miller and Jacob Talbot lost their match to Dustin Headley and Corey Parks, 6-1, 6-1. However the top singles duo of Tyler Akers and Cody Melega sent the Knights up 2-1 in matches with their victories.
Akers took a hard fought 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, 6-0 match versus Nathan Corn before Melega downed Tyler Gadberry in a three set match, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
While Akers and Melega were winning their matches, the team of Stefan Kiefer and Ben Mitchell came back to tie their match 4-4 in the third set after a marathon 7-6, (9-7) loss in the first set and a 6-4 win of the second set. However, Kiefer and Mitchell weren't able to hold onto the deciding set as Dakota Weatherol and Jordan Mayfield clawed back for a 6-4 win in the final set that evened the team score at two matches apiece.
Shawn Hughes was ahead 4-3 in the deciding third set of his number three singles match but dropped a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 decision to finalize the Cardinals win.
Afterwards coach Tim Davis was happy with his team's play. "Actually I thought our team played better than what I expected from what I've seen in practice. When it came time we stepped up our game, especially our singles, so that was a good sign. I feel our team got a good look at what they have to work on and realized the potential they have if they can improve on the weaker parts of their game."
The Knights next contest will be on Saturday morning versus Western Indiana Conference foe Brown County at 10 a.m.
Bloomfied 3, Northview 2
#1) Tyler Akers (Northview) defeats Nathan Corn (Bloomfield) 6-7(7-4), 6-4, 6-0
#2) Cody Melega(Northview) defeats Tyler Gadberry (Bloomfield) 6-3,2-6,6-4
#3) Mark Flinn (Bloomfield) defeats Shawn Hughes (Northview) 5-7,6-4,6-4
#1D) Dustin Headley/Corey Sparks (Bloomfield) defeat Jeremy Miller/Jacob Talbot (Northview), 6-1, 6-1
#2D Dakota Weatherhol/Jordan Mayfield (Bloomfield) defeats Stefan Kiefer/Ben Mitchell (Northview) 7-6(9-7),4-6,6-4