Trojan tennis team upends Jesuit, 5-4

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge tennis coach Pat Ryan knew his team could beat Jesuit, but when the teams met March 21 Jesuit came out on top 5-2 in a rain-shortened match. On April 6, however, Ryan’s team played much better and came through with a 5-4 victory, even without No. 2 singles Brandon Sutter, who missed the match with back spasms. Jesuit was also missing two players, but on this day, Oak Ridge got the better of them. “We just didn’t have a very good day the last time we played them,” Ryan said. “I was disappointed when I found out that Brandon wasn’t going to be able to play, but then I learned that Jesuit was missing a few players too and I felt OK about it. The team did a great job.” Oak Ridge won three matches in singles play. Andrew Hall (6-2, 6-2) and Jimmy Giovannini (6-1, 6-2) won easily at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while Jacob Zetlin also won at No. 6, 6-1, 6-0. Charlie Conaro and Tom Barton picked up a win at No. 1 doubles, 6-1, 6-2, while Jonathan Kim and Matthew Lai won at No. 2, 7-5, 6-2. Conaro and Barton lost to the same duo when the teams met previously, but this time won the match handily. Even in defeat, Alex Charn played much better the second time around. After losing in straight sets during the first match, Charn took Avery Moore to three sets, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3. Oak Ridge’s No. 3 doubles team of Matt Fergerson and Scotty Lee won the first set, 7-5, but then lost the next two, 7-5, 6-4. Nic Atkinson dropped two sets at No. 5 singles, 6-4, 6-3, while Tanner Schmutte lost at No. 1, 6-3, 6-4. Hall not only won his match at No. 2 singles, but also came from behind to win his match that was previously postponed by rain when the teams previously met. Ryan is looking forward to the rest of the season. Oak Ridge plays host to Folsom and Sheldon this week before the league playoffs and postseason play. “We’re poised to win the section if we keep progressing,” Ryan said. “Tanner is still getting to the top of his game and I think if we can maintain our sharpness and improve, we can win a section title.”