The Mustang tennis team hosted Knoxville April 22 and ran into one of the toughest teams they will face all season long. Knoxville handed the Mustangs a 9-0 loss in the team score and held Davis County to just 13 victories overall.
Knoxville hit the courts against the Mustangs with a senior dominant team. Davis County’s youth and inexperience struggled against the experienced Panthers.
Knoxville won the first two singles matches with 8-0 shutout victories. Davis County’s Clayton McFarland faced Gabe Mathias and struggled to score points against the number one player for the Panthers. Roman Combs faced Carter Short in the number two match and also struggled to get good shots in his 8-0 loss.
Davis County’s Jaxson Lee faced Jaxson Zook in the number three match. Lee did get some nice shots in and scored three game wins, but couldn’t overcome the solid play of Zook in the 8-3 loss.
Dean Bragg faced Andrew Orr in the number four match. Orr dominated Bragg for much of the match beating the Mustangs’ number four player 8-1. Cayler Wuthrich suffered an 8-0 loss to Grant Liston and Jordan Twedt suffered an 8-2 loss to Joe Ferguson in the final singles match of the night.
In doubles action, McFarland and Combs managed to score some points and win games against Mathias and Short. Mathias and Short held on for an 8-3 win in that match.
Lee and Bragg faced Zook and Orr in the number two doubles match. They suffered an 8-2 loss. Wuthrich and Syrus Benge teamed up in the final doubles match and lost an 8-2 effort to Liston and Ferguson.
“They were the toughest team we have faced so far this season,” said Coach Joel Brus. “They are loaded with senior experience and Knoxville was just pretty dominant all around.”