Times Sports Editor
Battling muggy conditions in a tennis match against visiting Greencastle on Tuesday evening, the Northview Knights scored a 4-1 victory over the Tiger Cubs.
Bryce Britton dropped from his usual No. 1 singles position to the No. 2 slot, came away with a convincing 6-0, 6-1 victory against Mike Waddell.
"Bryce just needs to increase his confidence. Sometimes in matches he'll come out strong and win the first set and maybe he'll get a little fatigued or (his opponent) will figure his style out a little bit and it'll frustrate Bryce. So I wanted to move him down and build his confidence a little bit and also give another guy a shot to see how he would fare to see if maybe we can spark the team a little bit."
Devin Clark moved up to take on Greencastle's No. 1 singles player in Landon Miller. The Tiger Cub was able to take a 6-3, 6-2 decision.
Skyler Holifield played in the No. 3 singles spot on Tuesday evening and posted a solid 6-3, 6-1 win against Greencastle's Alex Asbell. The win was more proof to Cook that Holifield is playing very well at this point in the season.
"Skyler is playing well. He always plays within himself. He never plays out of control," Cook said. "I can play him at doubles or singles and he always gives me the same effort. He's going to play smart tennis."
The longest battle of the evening came at No. 2 doubles as Damon Bass and Gaddis Basinger got off to a slow start, dropping the first set before rallying back for a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 decision.
"It just goes to show you that when you show up on the court, you have to be ready to play," Cook said of his No. 2 doubles team. "I could tell in the first point or two that they weren't ready to play. We had our discussion and they kind of fought out of that. They finally got going, which I'm proud of, but we can't afford to get behind like that."
The final different look in the Knights' lineup came at No. 1 doubles and also resulted in a victory as Alec Coughanowr and Kyle Moore scored a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Jason Ummel and Adam Gerard.
"That's another new combination, playing together," Cook said of Moore and Coughanowr teaming at No. 1 doubles. "It's just getting a feel for the difference between playing singles and doubles. I'd like to see them play a little more aggressive. Overall, the score shows that they did play pretty well so I'm happy."
Northview's junior varsity also got a shot at playing a full match and the Knights won both singles matches with Ethan Linton an 8-4 winner and Tyler Funk taking an 8-0 match. In doubles, Steve Watts teamed with Nick Sears for an 8-2 win and the duo of Brendan Ellis and Paul Lee won an 8-0 match.
"It was good to get everyone out. We play a lot of teams that maybe don't have as many players as we do. So we're always playing against teams that either don't have enough or teams that have a lot and are pretty talented," Cook said. "So it was good to get them out there and get a competitive match for everyone."
Northview plays on the road Thursday evening at Sullivan beginning at 5 p.m.
Northview 4, Greencastle 1
No. 1: Landon Miller (GC) wins over Devin Clark (Nv), 6-3, 6-2
No. 2: Bryce Britton (Nv) wins over Mike Waddell (GC), 6-0, 6-1
No. 3: Skyler Holifield (Nv) wins over Alex Asbell (GC), 6-3, 6-1
No. 1: Kyle Moore and Alec Coughanowr (Nv) win over Jason Ummel and Adam Gerard (GC), 6-1, 6-3
No. 2: Gaddis Baysinger and Damon Bass (Nv) win over Christian Richie and Kaleb Fleming (GC), 3-6, 6-0, 6-3