Tennis: Pioneer too experienced, talented for young Skyline

 
 

The Skyline tennis team is young, and had only two seniors in the starting lineup on Tuesday when the Eagles faced SEC powerhouse Pioneer in a dual-match. Skyline had three sophomores and four freshman serving it up with the Pioneers as well and the outcome of the match wasn’t totally unexpected.

The more experienced Pioneers took every event for an 8-0 win over the visitors from Skyline under brutally hot conditions. Players were taking a little longer between breaks and trying to stay cool and hydrated on the hot tennis courts.

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Pioneer had five seniors on its roster and plenty of talent as Coach Tom Pullen’s team looks loaded again for another big run of tennis in the fall.

Skyline’s Nikhil Gunaratnam

At No. 1 singles, Pioneer’s Oliver Fuchs defeated Skyline’s Nikhil Gunaratnam 6-4, 6-2. At two singles, Niki Zakarian defeated Skyline’s Jarrett Sung 6-4, 6-0. At three singles, Pioneer’s Stanley Rhodes defeated Kaelan Bonner 6-0, 6-0. In a battle of youngsters at four singles, Pioneer freshman Isaac Herrenkohl defeated Skyline sophomore Sam Begosso 6-1, 6-0.

Pioneer also swept the doubles.

The team of Michael Hwang and Sam Berkooz defeated Artur Kuchumov and Michael Zhou, 6-1, 6-1 at one doubles.

In two doubles, Pioneer’s Brendan Karsch and Connor Streeter defeated Kethan Thomas and Charles Slone, 6-2, 6-0.

In three doubles, Pioneer’s Drake Malcom and Evan Roopas defeated Skyline freshmen Ethan Sung and Aidan Osofisan, 6-0, 6-0.

In four doubles, seniors Eric Zhon and Mikey Clifford knocked off Theodore Russell and Andrew Cooke, 6-1, 6-1.

In five doubles, Pioneer seniors Neal Sinha and Andrew Huston defeated William Kersch and Nate Quint, 6-0, 6-0.

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