Jets sweep Lancers on tennis courts

HOPE — The Hauser boys tennis team made quick work of Edinburgh on Monday, sweeping the match 5-0.

In the most competitive match of the evening, at No. 1 singles, Hauser’s Sam Meek defeated Edinburgh’s Colton Henderson 6-3, 6-1. Each player put forth valiant efforts throughout the match, with multiple rallies lasting over a minute in length. Meek proved to be too tough down the stretch, however, pulling out the victory.

“Both players are just dead even, but there is a point in the set where Sam exerts himself and starts winning crucial points,” Hauser coach John Pratt said. “Sam really is able to kick it into gear. And I think that is what I like, especially this early in the season.”

Hauser’s No. 2 singles player, Justin Compton, beat Gavin Hancock 6-0, 6-2, while Jacob Rudd defeated Edinburgh’s Tommy Schneider 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 3 singles match.

The two doubles matches played out in similar fashion, as Hauser’s No. 1 team of Alex Gross and Jacob Johnson defeated Kegan Jones and Blade Elliot 6-1, 6-2. Sean Miller and Jacob Rose went on to defeat Braden McManaway and Ryan Gaston 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.

This is Hauser’s fourth win in a row, and the Jets will face a tough stretch of matches over the next two weeks. Pratt was pleased overall with his team’s performance, but stressed that it needs to keep the momentum going moving forward.

Returning only two varsity players from a year ago, Edinburgh coach Pete Khensouri was pleased with his team’s play and is optimistic moving forward.

“From when we started three or so weeks ago, the kids have all really improved,” Khensouri said. “Our team is young, so it will take a little bit of time. The team will gradually build up and get better game by game leading up into sectional.”