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Rams Tennis Team Claims Two Victories

By Malcolm Hall, 09/28/18, 2:00PM EDT


Photo by Jeannie Gregory

The Rockford boy’s tennis team picked up two conference wins last week, improving their conference record to 4-1.

On Monday, Sept. 24, the Rams hosted West Ottawa. The Panthers and Rams always bring out the best in each other, and often end their dual match in a 4-all tie. This year was no exception, with the Rams winning three of the four singles matches, and the Panthers winning three of the first four doubles matches. Singles players, TJ Maskell, Will Van Eck, and Will Lewis picked up quick straight-set wins for the Rams. The Panthers battled back forcing the Rams into a third set in three of the first four doubles matches. At 1st doubles, Ryan Blackburn and Matthew Hall closed out the Panthers in a third set to give the Rams their fourth point, but the Panthers picked up wins at 2nd, 3rd, 4th doubles, along with the 4th singles point to even the match.

Any other year the match would have ended in a tie. However, this year the OK Red Conference added a 5th doubles flight to prevent the dual match ties. In the 5th doubles match, senior Arthur Ma and sophomore Jake Osborn secured the win for the Rams with a decisive straight set win.

Riding the momentum of the big win over West Ottawa, the Rams traveled to Grand Haven on Wednesday, Sept. 26, to take on the Buccaneers. The Rams swept the doubles matches and split the singles matches for a 7-2 win.

The Rams close out the conference dual match season by hosting the Grandville Bulldogs on Monday Oct. 1. The Rams and the Bulldogs will kick off Mental Health Awareness week by partnering with the Be Nice organization for their match to help bring awareness to the importance of Mental Health. More than just a “catch phrase,” Be Nice is an action plan and acronym to Notice, Invite, Challenge, and Empower. The team invites everyone to come out to the courts on Monday to watch some tennis and support Be Nice.

Photo by Jeannie Gregory

Photo by Jeannie Gregory