Tennis falls to Liberty
Northampton’s boys’ tennis team began the season on a winning streak with victories over Freedom, 4-3, Dieruff, 7-0, Jim Thorpe, (score unavailable), Easton, 6-1, and Pocono Mountain East, 6-1.
Midway through, the Konkrete Kids lost to Stroudsburg, 1-6, Emmaus, 0-7, and Liberty, 2-5, before defeating Allen, 7-0.
In the K Kids’ match against the Hurricanes, Jack Flood and Sam Hanley won in the only three-set match of the day.
“We knew we could beat them, so we just had to play smart,” said Hanley.
At number four doubles, Flood and Hanley defeated Graydon Mascura and Doug Noriega, 5-7, 6-4, 8-6.
“We were making little mistakes [in the first set], hitting a lot of balls out of bounds, and a lot of balls hit into the net,” said Flood.
“Between the first and second set, it was really quick, so we weren’t able to talk to [Coach Kim Davis], but we talked to each other and regrouped. We basically said hit the ball lighter and not try and hit as many kill shots, keep the ball in bounds, and let them make the mistakes.”
Also important was that Flood and Hanley not be mentally discouraged after the first set.
“Every point is a new battle that you’ve got to win, so each one, even if you lose it, regroup for the next one,” said Hanley. “They were playing heavy at the net, so we had to try and not hit it at the net. And they’re more likely to make mistakes hitting it back from the back also.”
The third set was a bit more challenging than the second.
“It was point us, point them, point us, point them all the way through that,” Flood said. “The keys were all about the lobs.”
Flood was half relieved, half happy by the time the match was won.
“Same thing. Very happy. Glad that we pulled it out,” said Hanley.
In the other matches, Liberty’s Louis Gruber won over Andrew Hozza, 6-3, 6-1, David Lynn won over Chris Nemeth, 6-0, 6-0, Gavin Snyder won over Parker Hanushak, 6-0, 6-0, Jacob Wong and Anthony Ronca won against Alex Cabanela and Henry Hoffman, 6-0, 6-0, and Marc Burritt and Man Nyugen won against Dan Fox and Nick Hudak, 6-3, 7-5.