Marietta tennis team tallies win

MARIETTA – After a 5-0 victory against Claymont at Glendale Courts on Thursday, the Marietta High tennis team improved to 3-0 on the year.

With the win, the Tigers also remained undefeated in the East Central Ohio League at 2-0.

“Anytime we can win 5-0, it’s always good,” said Marietta head coach Chris Mayer. “It’s always a big boost of confidence to win a match like this.”

It was a fairly dominant performance overall by the orange and black netters.

In the first singles match, Tiger senior Will O’Connor handily defeated Claymont’s Jared Wise, 6-1 and 6-0. The second doubles match, in which junior Ian Hazelton and freshman Jack Hu topped Claymont’s Garret Lewis and Skyler Smolak, featured identical scores.

Freshman Jack Hirschfield and junior Camilla Berti were each victorious in the second and third singles matches, respectively.

Hirschfield triumphed over Josh Keen by scores of 6-3 and 6-2 while Berti beat C.J. Jenkins by margins of 6-3 and 7-6.

One match in particular went down to the wire for the Tigers. The doubles team of juniors Clay Mason and Katie Miller won in three sets over Claymont’s Ty Kelly and Blake Albaugh in the first doubles match.

After dropping the first set 7-6, Mason and Miller fought back for consecutive 6-4 wins to take the match and complete the sweep for the Tigers.

“That first doubles match, it’s a big win,” Mayer said. “That was a tough match. The pair they were playing there was very good at the net. They just got balls back. They fought well. To get that match win, that’s a big win for them.”

While Thursday brought a slightly higher temperature, it has been an uphill battle with the weather all spring for the Tiger tennis squad.

“It’s certainly been tough,” Mayer said. “The cold weather is tough to play tennis in. It’s been hard to get enough practices in the first few weeks with the rain and snow and the wind. It’s been tough but we’re starting to play really well.”

Marietta will look to remain undefeated Monday when it travels to Athens to take on the Bulldogs in a non-conference match at 4:30 p.m.

“We’ve still got some things we’ve got to improve on,” Mayer explained. “We’ve still got to do a better job of playing at the net and going for a few more shots. We weren’t going for enough of our shots (Thursday) and we kept points going for a little longer than we should have. So we’ve got to work on that. We’ve got some tough matches next week.”