In their season opener the No. 6 ranked 2A team in the state for men’s tennis, the Clinton Dark Horses, took on rival and No. 7-ranked team Greene Central. Facing them at home Wednesday, the Horses got the better of the Rams, winning 6-3.
In an intense match that had a playoffs feel, the Horses and Rams battled it out despite a chilly day and harsh winds that had its share of effect on the ball. It did little to stop the Horses from clinching the win which they set up nicely for themselves after some solid singles play.
The four wins in singles came after strong performances by Cooper Brewen, Peter Darden and Camden Thompson, who were each dominant on the first three courts. Trevor Leggett was the final player to get a strong win on the fifth court, giving them four.
Lukas Perez on court four and Wesley Cowand on the sixth court played good matches, but weren’t able to snag their games. With the match sitting at 4-2, the Dark Horses needed only one more win, going into doubles play, to take the day and they got two.
With doubles play started the teams were set with Brewen and Thompson on court one, Darden and Leggett on two and Jerez and Cowand on three. The Horses got the two wins they need thanks to the clean play on the first two courts which saw the Horses push to six. It wasn’t a complete victory in double though as Jerez and Cowand lost their match in a close tiebreaker, putting Clinton on top of the day by three.
With the season opener finished and their turf defended, the Dark Horses start the year out 1-0. They’ll take to the court again on Monday for their first conference match at Goldsboro.
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