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For Tabb coach Jay Robeson, Wednesday's road match against Lafayette served two purposes: to shake off the rust from spring break and to get a feel for his lineup before the Tigers head into the meat of their schedule.
An 8-1 victory against the Rams had Robeson feeling upbeat about the direction of his team.
"They played really well today," he said. "We're where I thought we would be coming into the season. We're going to be competitive in every single match we play, because our guys compete and play with fire."
The Tabb (3-1) singles players faced a decent test against a Lafayette team under the direction of new coach Archie Jefferson, who was not at the match due to personal reasons.
Jimmy Qing of Tabb struggled early against Lafayette's Griffin Hurt in the No. 1 singles match. After a shaky first set that Qing won 6-4, the Tabb junior turned it on and cruised to a 6-1 second set.
In the No. 2 singles match, Tabb freshman Tyler Hogge overcame mental mistakes throughout the match to defeat Jacob Clark 6-3, 6-4.
The No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches were a bit more comfortable for Tabb as Robin Bai took down Bryce Hertzler 6-3, 6-1, and Jake Skubic defeated Griffin Salyer 6-1, 6-0.
Lafayette (3-3) saw its best efforts of the day in the lower-seeded singles matches as John Hughes took Tabb's Connor Meehan to a tiebreaker third set. Meehan eventually prevailed 10-6 in the extra set.
Daniel Drees provided the Rams their only win of the day in the No. 6 singles match, knocking off Marshall Ownby 6-2, 6-4.
All three doubles matches were won 8-1 by the Tabb duos.
Robeson said he was especially impressed with the performances of his three captains: Qing, Skubic and Meehan.
"Qing at No. 1 had a really solid match," he said. "Skubic played really hard at four and breezed through today, and Meehan found his groove today at No. 5."
Tabb will continue its season at home 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against New Kent, while the Rams will travel to take on Jamestown at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Tabb 8, Lafayette 1
Qing (T) d. Hurt 6-4, 6-1
Hogge (T). d Clark 6-3, 6-4
Bai (T) d. Hertzler 6-3, 6-1
Skubic (T) d. Salyer 6-1, 6-0
Meehan (T) d. Hughes 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
Ownby (L) d. Drees 6-2, 6-4
Qing/Hogge (T) d. Hurt/Clark 8-1
Bai/Skubic (T) d. Hertzler/Ownby 8-1
Meehan/Song (T) d. Menzies/Schoble 8-1
Jamestown Sweeps Smithfield
Jamestown extended its Bay Rivers District win streak to 84 matches as the Eagles easily took down Smithfield at home Wednesday.
Grayson DeBerry, Jamestown's No. 1 singles player, struggled in the first set against Smithfield's Joe Holloway, eventually winning 7-5. DeBerry cruised to a 6-2 win in the second set.
Jamestown (4-0) will host Clover Hill at 3 p.m. Monday.
Jamestown 9, Smithfield 0
DeBerry (J) d. Holloway 7-5, 6-2
Neilson (J) d. Ogle 6-0, 6-0
Mahaffey (J) d. Jones 6-2, 6-1
Yow (J) d. Baylor 6-0, 6-0
Montgomery (J) d. Barlow 6-2, 6-0
Raphael (J) d. Davis 6-2, 6-0
DeBerry/Neilson (J) d. Holloway/Ogle 8-1
Kohli/Mahaffey (J) d. Jones/Espenshade 8-1
Yow/Montgomery (J) d. Baylor/Davis 8-0
York Knocks Off Poquoson
York's boys tennis team continued its undefeated season, taking down Poquoson 7-2 on Wednesday.
The match of the day came in the No. 1 singles as York's Josh McFadden knocked off Sam Washburn in a match that included a pair of tiebreakers.
York (4-0) will continue its season at home 4 p.m. Thursday against Bruton.
York 7, Poquoson 2
McFadden (Y) d.Washburn 6-7 (1-7), 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)
Buck (Y) d. Cruz 6-1, 7-5
Nguyen (P) d. Liu 6-3, 6-4
Moulton (Y) d. Weiss 6-1, 6-1
Mollenkamp (Y) d. Terry 6-2, 6-4
Ahmed (Y) d. Van Rosendale 6-0, 6-2
McFadden/Buck (Y) d. Washburn/Cruz 8-3
Liu/Moulton (Y) d. Weiss/Terry 8-2
Nguyen/Porter (P) d. Mollenkamp/Patterson 8-5
Grafton Cruises Past New Kent
Grafton faced little opposition during a 9-0 rout of New Kent at home Wednesday.
The Clippers won six of nine matches without dropping a game.
Grafton (3-2) will travel to take on Smithfield 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Grafton 9 New Kent 0
Tal (G) d. Edmonds 6-0, 6-0
Diskin (G) d. Green 6-0, 6-0
Brush (G) d. Sharpe 6-0, 6-1
Choe (G) d. Squares 6-2, 6-3
Wright (G) d. Newberry 6-0, 6-0
Naser (G) d. Buchanan 6-0 6-0
Tal/Wright (G) d. Edmonds/Green 8-3
Peng/Brush (G) d. Sharpe/Squares 8-0
Choe/Nase (G) d. Newberry/Buchanan 8-0
Warhill Handles Bruton
The Warhill boys tennis team took down Bruton in a match that was closer than the final 8-1 score indicates.
Two singles matches were won by Warhill in a tiebreaker third set, while two doubles matches were within two games.
The win marks Warhill's first victory of the season, moving the Lions to 1-3 on the year. Warhill will travel to Poquoson Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Bruton will hope to rebound Tuesday on the road against York.
Warhill 8, Bruton 1
Cummins (W) d. Sadler 6-1, 6-4
Arndt (W) d. Shannon 5-7, 6-0, 1-0 (10-6)
Pauls (W) d. Fiaz 6-2, 6-2
Nix (W) d. Pfost 6-3, 6-2
Shartzer (W) d. Farley 6-2, 6-3
Turner (W) d. Morrow 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)
Arndt/Pauls (W) d. Sadler/Shannon 8-6
Cummins/Nix (W) d. Fiaz/Haughland 8-2
Farley/Morrow (B) d. Mu/Gravel 9-7