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Knights show grit in close loss to Cardinals

Thursday, August 18, 2005

BLOOMFIELD -- The Northview boys tennis team may not have a lot of experience on the court, but what they lack in game experience, they make up for in determination.

The squad showed that during Wednesday's match versus Bloomfield.

The Knights dropped a 3-2 decision overall to the Cardinals, but the battles within those scores were what made the biggest impression.

At number two doubles, first year tennis player Cody Jones teamed with Ryne Barr and showed perhaps the most grit in winning a three set marathon, 5-7, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.

The pair played a seesaw first set, going up 1-0 and then dropped behind 2-1 before going back up 3-2 before succumbing to a 5-7 decision.

However, it was the second set in which they proved that there is no quit in this team after they fell back to a 1-4 deficit, it certainly would have been easy to just play out the set and take a break. But Jones and Barr fought back to within 4-3 and then took a 5-4 lead, but then Bloomfield's pair rallied to take a 6-5 advantage.

Jones and Barr would force a tiebreaker at 6-apiece in which they powered through to take a 10-8 second set victory to tie the match.

In the final set, the duo would not be denied, taking the decisive third set at 6-4.

At No. 1 singles, Alex Smith faced his share of adversity in a straight set match, leading 4-1 in the first set before his opponent crept within 4-3. However, Smith came back to get a 6-3 victory.

In the second set, Smith went up 5-2 before his opponent got back to 5-4 before pulling out a 6-4 victory.

Clint Grey won his first set 6-3 before his opponent came back to get a pair of sets, 2-6, 4-6 to deny Grey the victory at No. 3 singles.

At No. 2 doubles, Garrett Turpin and Garrett Majors dropped their first set 5-7 and trailed for the entire second set before rallying to force a tiebreaker in the second set, but couldn't quite get to a third set, dropping a 6-7 decision.

At No. 2 singles, Austin Akers dropped a 1-6, 1-6 decision.

In JV action, the doubles team of Brock Lawson and Clint Reynolds scored a 6-2 win and Jeremy Johnson and Matt Nodley earned a 6-1 victory.

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