The Northview tennis squad opened the season with a narrow defeat to the visiting Bloomfield Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon.
After heavy graduation losses from last year, an inexperienced Northview squad proved to be a very game opponent for Bloomfield.
Despite a two set, 7-5, 6-3 loss at No. 2 singles, Jacob Talbot showed promise against the Cardinal's' Tyler Gadberry.
Talbot had early service problems versus Gadberry and trailed for much of the first set, but rallied to get within 6-5 before eventually falling to Gadberry 7-5 in the opener. In the second set, Talbot dropped behind 5-2 and rallied to win the next point before losing the final set in a 6-3 defeat.
At No. 3 singles, sophomore Alex Smith had a tough debut in a 6-1, 6-1 defeat to Jordan Mayfield.
At No. 1 doubles, Matt Stuckey and Clint Grey lost their first set 6-2 and fell behind early in the second set before rallying to within 5-4 before conceding a 6-4 loss.
The number two doubles group of Shane Cooper and Ryne Barr were successful in a 6-3, 6-3 straight set win over Bloomfield's Jordan Hasler and Kevin Flinn.
The pair battled evenly with the Bloomfield duo, leading just 4-3 late in the first set before pushing through for the final two points and a first set victory. The second set was a bit easier in the beginning as Cooper and Barr opened up a 4-0 lead before a Cardinals' rally got them within the final score of 6-3.
At number one singles, senior Shawn Hughes jumped to an early 4-1 lead versus Nathan Corn, but faltered late in the set to drop a 7-5 decision.
Hughes however returned the favor in the second set, rallying from a 4-3 deficit to a 6-4 second set win. Play began in the third set before inclement weather began to set in at Northview High School.
In junior varsity doubles action, Brodee Miller and Garrett Turpin won their match 8-5.
The Knights (0-1 overall) will return to action Saturday morning when they host Western Indiana Conference opponent Brown County.