JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Shelbyville boys tennis claimed their first win the season on Monday, 5-4.
"The guys played well and showed a lot of composure in some tight matches," said Ram coach Ross Forlines. "We were able to win all three tie-breakers we were involved in."
Three of the five matches the Rams won were tie-breakers. Nathan Vasko and Cameron Barker, the Ram #1 doubles, lost 4-6 in the 1st set, then won the 2nd set in dominant fashion, 6-2. They won the tie-break, 7-6.
"I was especially impressed with Cameron Barker and Nathan Vasko's doubles match," Forlines said. "They dropped the first set and won the second set. They were down 6-2 in the final tie-breaker, before reeling off six straight points to win. Especially impressed they did so well in their first match together."
In singles, Josh Hicks, (Ram #3) started down, 3-6, but won the 2nd set, 6-2, and the tie-breaker, 7-6. Ben Houska (#4) also came back. He lost the 1st set, 2-6, but came back to win the 2nd set, 6-4. He won the tie-break, 7-6.
"I also thought Ben Houska and Josh Hicks stepped up in the 3 and 4 slots," Forlines said. 'They both had to fight back and win tie-breakers to seal it. It shows a lot of character and heart to pull that off."
Nathan Vasko, the Ram #1 singles player won his match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. With the two tie-break wins in singles it tied Shelby and Paris at 3 to 3, heading into doubles. Shelby won two of the three doubles matches to notch their first win of the year.
Vasko and Barker won #1 doubles in a tie-break. Then Darin Breeden and Adam Hudson won two tie-break sets to win #2 doubles, 7-5, 7-5.
Shelbyville 5, Paris 4
Singles: #1 Vasko (S) def. Sherer (P), 6-2, 6-0; #2 Breeden (S) lost to Welk (P) 3-6, 1-6; #3 Jo. Hicks (S) def. Garver (P), 3-6, 6-2, 7-6; #4 Houska (S) def. Thomas (P), 2-6, 6-4, 7-6; #5 Hudson (S) lost to Hasler, 2-6, 2-6; #6 David Thompson (S) lost to Underwood (P), 3-6, 2-6.
Doubles: #1 Vasko/Barker (S) def. Welk (P), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6; #2 Breeden/Hudson (S) def. Hasler/Thomas (P), 7-5, 7-5; #3 Jo. Hicks/Houska (S) lost to Sherer/Henness (P), 3-6, 1-6
Singles- Jarred Hicks (S) def. Roberts (P), 8-5; Andrew Mudgette def. Lusk (P), 6-3
Doubles- Mudgette/Raymond Niemerg won 8-3; Ja. Hicks/Dakota Pruemer won 8-2; Pruemer/Niemer won, 8-2; Pruemer/Michael Beardsley lost tie-break