The Vikings’ doubles team of Jordan Justice and Luke Burrows took another step toward their goal of returning to the state tennis tournament as they were victorious Monday night on the courts at Russell High.
The win insures them of at least a 3 seed in the regional tournament the middle of May and an easier path to Lexington at the end of May.
The win did not come easy playing into the gusting wind and looking into setting sun, but the Rowan duo managed a come-from-behind victory again.
Down 5-3 in the set to 6, Burrows held his serve despite giving up the first two points on double faults. Rowan managed to break Russell’s serve to knot the score at 5-5. As Justice served the next game, the Viking duo found themselves down love-40 but they rose to the occasion. Ripping off 5 straight winning points, Justice and Burrows held serve and then easily took the last game, breaking Russell’s serve, to win the Match 7-5.
Rowan Coach Mark Kidd said that “It showed a lot of maturity and experience to be able to come from down 5-3 and pull out the win.” Senior Burrows said he would “rather play from ahead.” Coach Kidd continued, “Since they have beaten Morgan and Russell, they have put themselves in an excellent position going in the match against Ashland who boast the two best doubles teams in the region.”
Rowan takes on Ashland at home this week for an opportunity to take the number 2 seed going into the Regional Tournament at the Ashland Tennis Club.
Rowan routs Rose Hill
Without losing one match, Rowan’s high school boys tennis team rolled past the Rose Hill Royals 7-0 as the Vikings moved their record to 7-3 overall.
Luke Burrows and Jordan Justice handled their singles matches 6-2 and 6-0, respectively, and then, in doubles, routed the Royals duo in six straight games.
The number 2 doubles team of Collen Tuerk and Paul Eisenhour defeated the Rose Hill doubles team 6-1 and then in singles, contributed two more points each to the Rowan win by dispatching their opponents also by scores of 6-2 and 6-0.
Finishing out the scoring for the Vikings were Kaleb Sergent and Cooper Tuerk who both won in singles.
Rowan girls’ tennis defeats Royals, 5-4
Despite the absence of several of their top players to another school event, the Vikings girls’ tennis team managed a win last week against the Rose Hill Royals. Junior Kimmie Hedge led the way in singles for Rowan as she won the 3rd seed match 6-2. Seventh grader Natalie Northcutt showed she has a future in Rowan tennis as she moved up from the 7th seed position to defeat the Royals number 4 player 6-2. Anlen Bobyack bested her opponent 6-2 to round out the scoring in singles.
“I was glad to see the younger players step up, when given the opportunity, and play hard and contribute to the win” said Coach Tammy Collins.
In doubles, Hedge and Northcutt combined forces to take their match 6-3. The tandem of Lydia Copher and Anlen Bobyack also won their match 6-3.
Rowan continues play this week against Ashland at home.