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Jamestown’s boys tennis team saw its season come to a close as the Eagles were defeated on the road by E.C. Glass 5-2 during Tuesday’s Group 4A Boys Team Tennis Championship semifinals.
E.C. Glass, which sits at a perfect record of 21-0 after the win, showed its dominance early and often against the Eagles. Jamestown’s Grayson DeBerry struggled to keep pace with Nick Daly, falling 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles match.
The No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches were next to finish as E.C. Glass’ Luc Mortemousque defeated Brad Mahaffey 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 3 singles match, while Moses Hutchison defeated Jamestown’s Rohan Kohli 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 4 singles match to give E.C. Glass a quick 3-0 team lead.
“They were a high-quality team,” Jamestown coach Bob Artis said of E.C. Glass. “It’s easy to see why they are the two-time defending state champions.”
Trent Daly kept the E.C. Glass momentum by defeating Derrick Neilson 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) in a competitive No. 2 singles match.
The Eagles (16-2) battled back to silence the E.C. Glass fans in attendance when Albon Yowell defeated Cooper Scott 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 5 singles match to put Jamestown on the board. Jamestown also got a hard-fought win in the No. 6 singles match from Lehman Montgomery, who won in three sets over Andrew Bowden 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The win kept Jamestown mathematically alive in the match, but the Eagles needed to win all three doubles matches to claim the victory.
Hopes of a comeback were dashed quickly as Nick Daly and Mortemousque easily defeated DeBerry and Neilson 6-3, 6-0 in the No. 1 doubles match, ending the team competition and Jamestown’s season.
Artis chose to look at the positives from the season, saying he did not expect his young team to break the Jamestown single-season win record (16) or reach the state semifinals. Artis also said the camaraderie within the team made this season one of the best he’s had as a tennis coach.
“I’ve had as much fun with this team as with any team I’ve coached,” he said. “I’ve had so much fun with these young men, it’s like a fountain of youth. I feel younger.”
E.C. Glass 5, Jamestown 2
Nick Daly (E) d. Grayson DeBerry 6-0, 6-1
Trent Daly (E) d. Derrick Neilson 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
Luc Mortemousque (E) d. Brad Mahaffey 6-0, 6-1
Moses Hutchison (E) d. Rohan Kohli 6-0, 6-2
Albon Yowell (J) d. Cooper Scott 6-4, 6-2
Lehman Montgomery (J) d. Andrew Bowden 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
N. Daly/Mortemousque (E) d. DeBerry/Neilson 6-3, 6-0
T. Daly/Hutchison (E) vs. Kohli/Mahaffey 6-1, 4-1 DNF
Yowell/Daniel Kruger (J) vs. Scott/Bowden DNF