Tennis Bucs off to strong start to 2021 season


RACHEL – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneer tennis team opened their season with a pair of victories this week on the road.

They went to Lincoln on Monday and came away with a 7-0 win and then visited North Marion on Thursday and blanked the Huskies by another 7-0 score.

No. 1 Aden Pitts, No. 2 Caden Andrick, No. 3 Hank Phillips and No. 4 Mauricio Menendez all went a perfect 2-0 during the week.

Pitts and Menendez teamed at No. 1 doubles to go 2-0 as did the duo of Andrick and Phillips at No. 2 and Garrett Materne and Bailey Clevenger at No. 3.

“The boys have played against each other for so long in the preseason that it took them a few games to get used to figuring out their opponents’ styles in the opener with Lincoln,” said first-year head coach Jason Rock. “Nerves and inexperience with “real matches” were evident but overall, it was a good first match for us.  Against North Marion, the boys did well and ultimately proved that they were the better team.”

The Bucs, now 2-0, will return to the courts Monday hosting Grafton.

The results:

Buckhannon-Upshur 7                                                             Lincoln 0

Singles

No. 1 – Aden Pitts (B-U) def. Daniel Dodd, 8-1

No. 2 – Caden Andrick (B-U) def. Santino Loretta, 8-2

No. 3 – Hank Phillips (B-U) def. Chase Kniceley, 8-5

No. 4 – Mauricio Menendez (B-U) def. Rylee Barrard, 8-2

Doubles

No. 1 – Pitts/Menendez (B-U) def. Dodd/Loretta, 8-4

No. 2—Andrick/Phillips (B-U) def. Kniceley/Barrad, 8-2

No. 3 – Garrett Materne/Bailey Cleavenger (B-U) def. Braden Hamrick/Damion Shaw, 8-3.

Buckhannon-Upshur 7                                                   North Marion 0

Singles

No. 1 – Aden Pitts (B-U) def. Brody Hall, 8-1

No. 2 – Caden Andrick (B-U) def. David Darrah, 8-2

No. 3 – Hank Phillips (B-U) def. Jessie Wade, 8-2

No. 4 – Mauricio Menendez (B-U) def. Logan Musgrave, 8-4

Doubles

No. 1 – Pitts/Menendez (B-U) def. Hall/Darrah, 8-3

No. 2 – Andrick/Phillips (B-U) def. Wade/Musgrave, 8-1

No. 3 – Garrett Materne/Bailey Cleavenger (B-U) def. Jordan Cox/John Bittinger, 8-5

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