TENNERTON — Head Coach D.J. Rock’s Buckhannon-Upshur High School Tennis Teams welcomed the North Marion Huskies to Buckhannon last week on Wednesday, April 6. The highly touted, veteran Buccaneer Boy’s Tennis Team swept all seven matches to secure the overall team victory over the Huskies. The much younger Lady Bucs Tennis Team continued to experience some growing pains, getting swept by the Huskies. Despite the loss, the Lady Bucs remain competitive and trending in the right direction.
Leaching the Buccaneer boys to the sweep was the potent duo of Aden Pitts and Caden Andrick. Pitts, the Buccaneers #1-seed in singles play, beat David Darrah 8-0 in a match-up of the two team’s best. Andrick, dominates Jessie Wade, displaying masterful control and court awareness en route to an 8-0 win. Together, the Buccaneer #1-doubles partners teamed up to beat Darrah and Wade by an 8-2 tally.
Both the Buccaneers #3 and #4-seeds, Mauricio Menendez and Hank Phillips, respectively; won their matches, with Menendez beating Jordan Cox 8-2 and Phillips beating John Bittinger 8-0. The Buccaneer #2-seed doubles partners came together to beat the Huskies’ team of Cox and Bittinger 8-0 to collect another victory. While both of these players were dominate as individual competitors, their chemistry as doubles partners is striking. Menendez and Phillips, cover the soft spots in each other’s games and seem to mesh very well together on the court.
The #3-seed Buccaneer doubles tandem of Bailey Clevenger and Donovan Cutlip beat the Huskies team of Ayden Boyce and Malichi Stewart 8-1 to seal the Buccaneers sweep of the Huskies.
On the other hand, the Lady Bucs found themselves on the wrong side of a broom, getting swept 7-0 by the Huskies. The Lady Bucs #1 and #2-seeds, Tori Adams and Lainey Rowan both lost their matches 8-1 against high-level competition. The Lady Bucs’ #3-seed Madelyn Frye fought hard and narrowly dropped an 8-6 decision to the Huskies’ Emily Gabor in one of the tightest matches of the entire evening.
After Frye’s match, #4-seeded Lady Buccaneer Alexa Davis lost to North Marion’s Caroline Furbee 8-3 to round out singles play. The Lady Bucs would lose all three doubles matches to wrap up a tough day on the court for a very talented, yet young group.