Excelsior Springs boys’ junior varsity tennis hosted a tournament on April 4. Overall, the Tigers took 4th out of eight teams and had two medalists.
“I thought on Wednesday we did well with our forehand ground strokes and our movement on the court, even though it was super cold,” said coach Richie Marsh.
Sophomore Noah Dotson went 3-1 for the tournament and took 3rd place in singles. Dotson beat Fort Osage, Winnetonka, and William Chrisman. Dotson played Kearney in the second round and started off 2-0 on Kearney. Kearney quickly came back and took two sets of their own to make it 2-2. Dotson took three sets and Kearney took one more before making it a 5-3 match. Dotson dropped the next two sets, which resulted in a tied match at 5-5. The next sets were higher intensity since the two teams had to win the match by two sets now, Dotson had lost the first set on deuce and also dropped the second set which gave Kearney the 7-5 win.
“The cold made it difficult to move and my first round was hard to play through. Last year my net game was pretty good and organized with the ball. This year, I think I’m over estimating where I’m going to hit it and I believe it’s just a technique I need to go back and work on. I need to focus a bit more on my net game at practice and before each match, we get time to warm up so that might be something I need to start warming up on,” said Dotson.
Sophomore Liam Greim and freshman Caleb Hatfield also went 3-1 for the tournament, and took 3rd place in doubles. Both defeated Winnetonka, Fort Osage, and Kearney but lost to William Chrisman.
“Moving forward we need to look to improve on getting our second serves in more consistently and also taking advantage of when our opponents have a weak second serve. Before we play three times next week, one thing we have to improve on is our preparedness when our opponent has a big first serve. That’s something we are going to address at practice as a team,” said Marsh.