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Tuesday's Conference 25 quarterfinal match between Lafayette and Warhill may read like a blowout with a final score of 5-0, but Lafayette Coach Archie Jefferson is quick to shoot that notion down.
"It was definitely not a blowout," he said. "People may read that and say, 'Oh, Lafayette really rolled through. It wasn't like that."
The scoreline of 5-0 was a far cry from the 5-4 Lafayette win during the regular season, but the competitive spirit of both teams was the same.
Two of the five completed singles matched needed a third-set tiebreaker to decide a winner, with another match 19 points into a third-set tiebreaker by the time the match was decided.
The only contest that was decisively won was in the No. 1 singles, where Lafayette's Griffin Hurt swept Koby Arndt 6-0, 6-0.
From there, the matches became highly competitive.
In the No. 6 singles match, Jacob Eck of Lafayette took down Cooper Garvel 6-2, 6-2 in a slow, methodical match.
Conversely, the No. 3 singles match between Lafayette's Bryce Hertzler and Oliver Nix was fast-paced and energetic, with each player serving quickly in an attempt to catch the other off guard. After a 6-1 first-set victory, Hertzler had to hold off Nix to earn a 7-6 second-set win.
The No. 2 and No. 4 singles matches needed third-set tiebreakers to separate the opponents. In the No. 4 singles, Lafayette's Griffin Schobel battled back from a 4-6 first-set defeat to claim the second set 6-4 against Warhill's Bradley Turner. Schobel jumped out quickly in the tiebreaker set and held on for a 10-5 win.
The last match to finish was the No. 2 singles match between Lafayette's Jacob Clark and Warhill's Bruce Pauls. After winning the first set decisively, Clark dropped a tough second set 7-6, sending the match into a pivotal third-set tiebreaker.
With Warhill (4-7) needing a win to keep its season alive, Pauls got on the board quickly before watching Clark win 10 of the next 11 points to claim a 10-2 win, giving Lafayette the match.
Lafayette (6-6) has little time to rest as they prepare to take on undefeated Colonial Heights in the Conference 25 semifinals Wednesday.
Though he admitted taking down Colonial Heights will be a tall task for his Rams, Jefferson refused to rule out an upset in the making.
"When we went out there, they beat us and nobody won a game," he said. "I think we're going out there with some confidence. Everything has to go right. The stars have to align, the sun has to be perfect, our guys have to hit every shot — if that happens, we will beat Colonial Heights."
Lafayette 5, Warhill 0
Hurt (L) d. Arndt 6-0, 6-0
Clark (L) d. Pauls 6-1, 6-7, 1-0 (10-2)
Hertzler (L) d. Nix 6-1, 7-6
Ownby (L) vs. Shartzen (W) DNF
Schobel (L) d. Turner 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5)
Eck (L) d. Garvel 6-2, 6-2
York Handles Southampton
York's boys tennis team made quick work of Southampton in the Conference 25 quarterfinals on Tuesday, earning a 5-0 home victory.
The Indians, who have not won a match this year, were shut out by the Falcons, who did not drop a game Tuesday afternoon.
The Falcons will now take on the winner of the final quarterfinal match between Poquoson and New Kent. York will host the semifinal Wednesday.
York 5, Southampton 0
McFadden (Y) d. Everett 6-0 6-0
Buck (Y) d. Benn 6-0 6-0
Liu (Y) d. Blythe 6-0 6-0
Moulton (Y) led Allen 6-0 5-0 DNF
D. Mollenkamp (Y) d. Lynch 6-0 6-0
J. Mollenkamp (Y) d. Ward 6-0 6-0