The Maryville High School Boys Tennis Team went on the road Thursday afternoon to play a non district match against Oak Ridge High School. The Rebels had hopes of bouncing back after a one match skid on Wednesday in a loss against Farragut.
Maryville would set the tone by winning two of the three doubles matches. The Rebels would get wins at the #1 and #3 spots. The Rebels would only need to win three of the six singles matches to win the Team match.
Missing their top player, the Rebels would find themselves playing out of their normal seed positions as each of the Rebels would have to play up one spot in the singles lineup. But that would not be a problem for Maryville as Sophmores Nathan Dockery and Eli Paszek would come through for the Rebels, each getting a singles wins at #4 and #5 respectively. That would give the Rebels a 4-1 lead. Maryville would only need one more point to clinch the win. With everyone playing up a spot in Maryville’s lineup, the Rebels would look to Freshmen Jude Ellison to anchor the lineup at the #6 spot. Seeing his first varsity action of the season, Ellison stepped up to deliver the clinching point with an 8-3 win. Maryville would win one more singles match as Senior Nick Van Son would bounce back and win his match at #2. The Rebels would drop matches at #1 and #3 to give Oak Ridge it’s final points on the day. Maryville wins over Oak Ridge 6-3.
The win improves the Rebels to a 3-2 record overall while remaining 2-2 in district play. Maryville will return to action on Tuesday, April 17th as they play host to Lenoir City in a District 4LS match. Match time is scheduled for 4:30pm at the Maryville High Tennis Courts.
BOYS TENNIS BOX SCORE
Archer Marlow (OR) def Matthew Gideon (OR) 8-5
Nick Van Son (M) def Ethan Brady (OR) 8-6
Andrew Brady (OR) def Devon Jones (M) 9-7
Nathan Dockery (M) def Stuart Dorman (OR) 8-1
Eli Paszek (M) def Amhara Ajaz (OR) 8-3
Jude Ellison (M) def Justin Blanchard (OR) 8-3
Ramsey Owens / Gideon (M) def A. Brady / E. Brady (OR) 8-5
Marlow / Dorman (OR) def Van Son / Jones (M) 8-1
Dockery / Paszek (M) def Ajaz / Wilder Dodson (OR) 8-0
Order of Finish:
Doubles – 3, 2, 1 Singles – 4, 5, 6*, 1, 2, 3
Maryville (3-2, 2-2) def Oak Ridge (3-3, 3-0) 6-3