The Indians hit the road for there first away match of the 2019 season. After the long journey to Lee’s Summit, the team got mentally prepared to fight not just the Tigers, but also the heat. Mikesch and Ensign earned an 8-6 victory at 2 doubles, which was complimented by Robb and Steele’s 8-3 victory to give the Indians a 2-1 lead heading into singles. During singles the Indians played best 2 out of 3 sets for the first time this season.#1 Matt Davis faced another tough opponent losing in straight sets. #2 Joey Bui dismantled his opponent 6-2,6-2. At #4 Joe Robb fell short after giving a valiant effort, coming back from 4-1 to lose 5-7. #6 Nic Steele quickly gained a 6-1, 6-2 victory in a match that he didn’t break a sweat. The intensity of the dual increased as the overall score was Central 4-3, only one more victory was needed to secure the team win. #5 Luke Ensign had won the first set 6-3, but lost the lead in the second to make it to the all important third set tiebreaker. Playing next to Ensign was his doubles partner Clayon Mikesch, who took the first set 6-3. It was a race to see who would bring home the team victory, but the opponents were not going away easily. Ensign ended up clinching the team victory after winning 10-7 in the third set breaker. Mikesch then finished off his opponent 6-4 in the second set. The Indians won 6-3, there second straight, bringing the team to 2-2 on the season.
It was a solid effort from top to bottom. Every court was a battle and the Indians have developed an enthusiastic team atmosphere. The team is taking great pride in cheering on the last match of the night, which tends to be a JV singles match.
Tonight it was James Foster #6 JV. James was down 7-2 in match to 8 and he battled back one point, then game at a time. He teammates were behind him every step of the way and his opponent had to forfeit the match after racquet abuse and poor sportsmanship. James had made it 7-6, before he won the match via forfeit, but it provided a reminder to never give up, something this team is embracing more and more each match.
1. Hunter Hess (LS) d. Matt Davis 6-2, 6-1
2. Joseph Bui (C) d. Mazen Shanin 6-2, 6-2
3. Clayton Mikesch (C) d. Caleb Heeney 6-3, 6-4
4. Kaleb Wilbert (LS) d. Joe Robb 3-6, 5-7
5. Luke Ensign (C) d. Josh Walker 6-3, 4-6, 10-7
6. Nic Steele (C) d. Max Havens 6-1, 6-2
1. Hess/Wilbert (LS) d. Davis/Bui 8-3
2. Mikesch/Ensign (C) d. Shanin/Heeney 8-6
3. Robb/Steele (C) d. Walker/Havens 8-3