Boys battle, but fall just short at end

The Indian River varsity boy’s tennis team lost a close 3-2 match to Smyrna March 22.
“It was a real heart-breaker,” said head coach Sean Oates. “We didn’t start out very well, and we let them get ahead of us in the match. We played better in the second sets, but it was a little too late.”

Indian River’s first singles player, senior Bobby Boyce, fell 6-3 in the first set but rebounded to win the second set 6-4. With the final set on the line Boyce was defeated by Smyrna’s Parsons 6-2.

Second singles player junior Fletcher Garrison steadied the ship by winning his match in consecutive sets, 6-1 and 6-4.

Indian River’s doubles play also came to a split, but was part of an amazing comeback victory. First double team of T.J. Boyce and Daniel Rose (senior and junior respectively) lost their match 6-1, 4-6, and 6-4. It was the second doubles team that created the big commotion. Down 5-1 in the third set, juniors Zack Mitchell and Chad Brasure won six straight games to win the match 3-6, 6-4, and 7-5.

“Overall I think we competed very well. Smyrna is in the upper echelon of tennis in the area and, in my opinion I thought we should’ve beat them,” said Oates. “We’re heading in the right direction and are making strides every day, but we need to cut down on our errors to win.”

The Indians will travel to Seaford on March 24 in an attempt to knock off the perennial powerhouse. “Seaford is loaded — they only lost one player — it should be a tough test,” said Oates.

It will be a tough test, indeed. Seaford’s first and second singles and doubles teams defeated Lake Forest in just two sets as they coasted to a 4-1 victory last Tuesday.

Indian River won’t have the luxury of starting off slow again this week, and will have to bring its A-game to have a chance against Seaford.