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A positive opening serve
Thursday, April 04, 2013 7:00 PM
Aaron Bardsley of Marinette returns a shot during No. 1 doubles play at Thursday’s quadrangular, held in the Civic Center.
MARINETTE - Some hard-hitting volleys and a pair of singles victories highlighted the opening matches of the season for the Marinette boys' tennis team.
The Marines lost to Green Bay East 7-0 and fell to Pulaski (7-0) and Kewaunee (5-2) in a quadrangular meet at the Civic Center Thursday.
"Despite the overall scores, I definitely took away some positives from our matches today," coach Brandon Pannier said. "Our team showed that we can rally with some heavy hitters. We were able to hit winners in every match."
Eric Helms controlled play for a 6-4, 6-1 No. 1 singles victory over Adam Halda of Kewaunee.
"Eric pulled out an all-around solid match," the coach said. "From top to bottom - serves, groundstrokes and volleys - Eric never wavered in a match that had some long back-and-forth rallies. Every time his opponent seemed to halt his momentum, Eric would answer with some deep forehands that kept his opponent on his heels."
Jared Olson battled back from a tough doubles loss to tough out a pair of 6-4 wins over Kewaunee's Will Hewitt.
"Jared put together the finest singles match of his career against a solid Kewaunee opponent," said Pannier. "Jared played like a man possessed. Since the first day of practice, Jared has showcased a greatly improved serve from last year. His hard work paid off in his singles match today. Jared kept his opponent at bay with strong serving and well-placed forehands. Every time his opponent seemed to pull him off balance, he would paint the alley line with precision strokes. Even more impressive was how focused Jared stayed while his opponent climbed back into the match."
The No. 2 doubles team of Nathan Miller and Olson pushed Green Bay East's duo of Tristan Mansfield and Matt Morris to the limit in both sets of a 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 (10-5) grinder.
"I was pleased to see Nathan and Jared really go after a lot of their opponents' short shots," the coach noted. "The match literally came down to a couple key points that went the way of Green Bay East.
"The doubles team had a great mix with Nathan rifling some strong forehands down the alley and Jared punching solid volleys at the net. Even in the loss, they really complemented each other's games well."
In a No. 1 doubles match, the Marines' Josh Lapacz and Brandon Przewrocki lost a hard-fought 6-3, 6-3 battle to Kewaunee's Ken Hower and Kylan Hoffman.
"Both players attacked the net well," said Pannier, "but set up too many easy points for their opponents. This was Josh and Brandon's first time playing together and part of the first match is simply learning to move well together as a team."
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