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Horns split wins with Sullivan North

Adam Manuel and Noah Nelson were all smiles after winning their doubles match against North.  The two have played doubles twice together this season and have shown their competitive edge as partners.  Photo by Tamas Mondovics

By Beth Cox

After much anticipation, the JCHS tennis team was finally able to play a conference match as they traveled to Sullivan North High School Thursday afternoon. The weather has been an issue for this team and while several matches had to be canceled or rescheduled due to rain, Thursday’s contest enjoyed the perfect conditions.
As the spectators enjoyed the gentle breeze, things got hot on the tennis court, as several games were close and intense.
Unfortunately, the boys did not get the conference win as they had hoped. Sullivan North played well, but in the end, it became more of a mental game for the boys.
In singles play No. 1, Mason Stanley lost 3-8 followed by a 5-8 loss for No. 2 Noah Cox.
“I feel like I lost my focus at the start of the match, allowing myself to focus too much
on how my opponent was playing and not enough on making my own shots,” Stanley said.
Noah Cox felt his emotions got the best of him during the match leading to his loss, while No. 3, Dalton Sluder easily won his match 8-5.
Will Henson fought hard for every point and narrowly got the edge over his challenger for a 9-8 win. The doubles match of Stanley and Henson was a nail-biter, but the duo lost 7-9.
Cox and Sluder also had a close match that would eventually go to North. Noah Nelson and Adam Manuel dominated their opponents from the very start and ended with an 8-2 win.
The girls had a great day as they controlled North and easily captured the conference win.
No. 1 and 2, Taylor and Olivia Cox won both singles, 8-6 and 8-0 respectively. The duo continued to
control the court with an 8-1 win in doubles play. Rhiannon Icenhour and Hannah Bauer were also added to
the roster of winners in singles.
Margaret Morrow lost in the girls’ singles match but bounced back as she and partner Icenhour won a close, doubles match to finish the evening.
The JCHS tennis team
will be back in action next week with matches against Happy Valley and Chuckey Doak.