Kokomo’s boys tennis team evened its record at 4-4 after a 5-0 victory Tuesday at Maconaquah in a tuneup before the Wildkats’ Thursday North Central Conference showdown against Marion. Kokomo is 1-0 in NCC play.
“With our schedule, sometimes it’s tough, especially with Carmel, [Indianapolis] North Central and some of the tough teams we see,” Kokomo coach Shawn Flanary said. “It’s a good feeling to get to that .500 mark, and now we have to keep making progress. We know [the schedule] helps prepare us for conference and tournament time, and the kids are making progress. That’s for sure.”
Craig Simon took a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles for Kokomo. Bryce York followed with a 4-6, 6-4, 12-10 victory in a super tie-breaker, due to the heat, to decide the match.
Grant Patterson completed the singles sweep for the Kats with a 6-3, 6-1 win at the No. 3 post.
“All the guys played well,” Flanary said. “Craig came out and controlled his match from beginning to end and played good, aggressive tennis. He didn’t allow his opponent to get anything going. Bryce showed a good adjustment, and played smarter, steadier tennis there in the second set. It was a nice comeback. Grant had a tight first set but kept his composure and played smart tennis. He had the most success in his match moving forward to the net. That really showed in a strong second set.”
At No. 1 doubles, the tandem of Brad Dockemeyer and Erik Bowen prevailed 7-5, 7-6 in a seesaw match. Joey Hurlocker and Jake Farkas were 6-0, 6-3 winners at No. 2 doubles.
“They’re getting smarter about playing more aggressive,” Flanary said of Dockemeyer and Bowen. “Both are basketball players who don’t play a lot of tennis in the summer, and they’re starting to get in a rhythm and are starting to execute better. Getting them to be aggressive at the net has been the big difference.”