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Rox crumble to senior Knights

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dillon Reynolds chases down a return shot from Rockville's team during No. 1 doubles play on Monday night. [Order this photo]
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The Northview tennis team had designs on gaining a measure of retribution for an earlier season loss to the Rockville Rox and on top of that, the Knights wanted to celebrate senior night with a victory on Monday night.

Northview did just that, battling past the Rox for a 4-1 victory that gave seniors Dillon Reynolds and Cole Watts a chance to go out as winners with the regular season drawing to a close.

Cole Watts (pictured) teamed with Reynolds to claim a three-set battle in the Knights' win. [Order this photo]
Second-year Coach Craig Cook had good things to say about the two players despite only coaching them for two seasons.

"We expected a lot out of them," Cook said. "They had to play versatile roles for us ... we're just a team trying to find out who we are."

Cook said the seniors never questioned what he had them do for the team, noting that both players spent time at number one as well as being moved around on different doubles teams.

Monday night, Reynolds and Watts teamed up together to play No. 1 doubles and had a battle on their hands against the Rox, Lane Mahurin and Matt Wheeler. The Knights duo won the opening set, but had to rally in the third set after Rockville's team tied the match with a second set win. Reynolds and Watts bounced back to capture a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 victory that impressed Cook.

"I was really happy with the comeback victory tonight by Cole & Dillon on senior night. They played a great first set then the Rockville team really picked up their game in set two and early in set three," Cook said. "(Reynolds and Watts) were down 5-2 and stormed back and won the last five games of the match to win 7-5 in the third. I am also very happy to revenge an earlier loss to Rockville in the North Montgomery Invitational."

Northview's win wouldn't have been complete without some strong efforts in singles play as well.

Bryce Britton overcame Kurdis Overpeck to score a 6-4, 6-1 victory at No. 2 singles and Garrett Baysinger won a 6-4, 6-4 match over Padraic Wright. Northview's No. 2 doubles team of Alec Coughanowr and Devin Clark had the quickest match of the evening with a 6-2, 6-0 victory against Ryan Richmond and Andrew Weisheit to seal the victory.

"Tuesday against Edgewood will be our biggest match of the year to date. It will go a long way in determining the WIC," Cook said. "If we play like we are capable, I really like our chances against them."

The Knights (8-4 overall, 2-0 WIC) also picked up a 4-0 junior varsity victory over Rockville.


Northview 4, Rockville 1

No. 1: Sven Michels (R) def. Skyler Holifield (N), 6-2, 6-2

No. 2: Bryce Britton (N) def. Kurdis Overpeck (R), 6-4, 6-1

No. 3: Garrett Baysinger (N) def. Padraic Wright (R), 6-4, 6-4

No. 1: Cole Watts/Skyler Dillon Reynolds (N) def. Lane Mahurin/Matt Wheeler (R), 6-2, 5-7, 7-5

No. 2: Alec Coughanowr/Devin Clark (N) def. Ryan Richmond/Andrew Weisheit (R), 6-2, 6-0