East Lincolnâ€™s tennis team came up just short against Lincolnton on Thursday falling 5-4.
Wolves head coach Chris Hoffman was impressed by the Mustangsâ€™ effort.
“They almost surprised us. They gave a gallant effort, but we fought off their upset bid,” he said.
Senior leadership from the top 3 seeds led Lincolnton. No. 1 seed John James defeated Ben Greenburg 10-2. Wolvesâ€™ No. 2 seed defeated Caleb Robinson 10-3. The No. 3 seed from Lincolnton Jason Martin defeated Chris Mauney 10-2.
Pete Pitsikoulis gave the Mustangs a lift at No. 4 beating Lee Campbell 10-4. Wolvesâ€™ No. 5 seed Andrew Mauney beat Grant Covington 10-6.
“Our singles lineup gave us a comfortable lead behind the play of John, Devin and Jason. Andrew had a clutch win at No. 5,” Hoffman said.
Eastâ€™s Alex Whillhite kept the Mustangs in striking distance with a 10-5 win over Adil Huselja. The win made it 4-2 heading into doubles play.
James/High defeated Greenburg/Mauney 8-5 which gave Lincolnton a 5-2 edge and clinched the match.
The Mustangsâ€™ final two double teams fought hard despite having already lost the match.
Robinson/Covington defeated Martin/Campbell 10-9 (7-3). Willhite/Phillips defeated Mauney/Jarrett 8-6.
Hoffman was pleased with his two seniorsâ€™ ability to get it done in the clutch.
“Our doubles delivered. John and Devin got us the win with a good victory at No. 1. East took the remaining two doubles which were very close matches,” he said.
The win raises Lincolntonâ€™s record to 3-1 on the season. The Wolves will visit Ashbrook on Tuesday.by John Mark Brook