The Panthers tennis team hosted the BGHS Bobcats in their NLL opener at Maumee HS on Tuesday afternoon. “Today we played a very well-coached and much improved HS tennis team,“ said Coach Teddy. “BGHS has played two really good teams in their first two dual matches and were battled-tested going into our match.”
The Panthers won all three singles spots. William Zheng at #3 singles, who rolled through his first match vs Fremont Ross, was tested against a solid BG opponent. “William is a great player, and I think he can have a special season. Being able to gut out a match when he’s not at his best is a good sign.”
The Panthers lost both doubles spots. Stephen Suelzer and Zach Haway were up 5-2 in the first set, but were unable to close out the first set which resulted in a 7-5, 6-2 defeat. “I think the lack of experience in playing varsity tennis caught up to them, but there are going to be matches this season where we need them to step up and win a big match for our team, and I am confident they will.” The #2 doubles team lost 6-0, 6-3. “Our second doubles team is working diligently to improve and their #1 job is to just get better every time they are on the court.“
“It was good to get our first league win under our belt. We just need to get better every time we are on the court, because if we want to complete the goals that we set for ourselves as a team, we cannot take days off,” said coach Teddy.