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Rossville gets first win against Bison

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FOLLOW THROUGH: Rossville’s Grover Said watches his forehand return during his and partner Jace Jacoby’s 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles as the Hornets prevailed 4-1 as a team over Benton Central on Monday.
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NET PLAY: Rossville’s Jace Jacoby makes a backhand volley in No. 1 doubles against Benton Central on Monday. Jacoby and partner Grover Said won their match, 6-2, 6-4, as the Hornets prevailed 4-1 as a team.

BY ANDREW KRULL - akrull@ftimes.com

Rossville broke through for its first win on Monday in boys tennis, beating visiting Benton Central as Evan Price continued an impressive run to start the season.

“This is our first win,” Rossville head coach John Condreay said. “It’s nice to get one in the other side of the column. We’ve come close three times, but it’s finally nice to get over that hump and give these guys the experience of a positive.”

The Hornets moved to 1-4 on the season with the 4-1 victory, winning every match except No. 2 singles. Price defeated Alex Thurston, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles and Griffin Williams beat Alex Brown, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 3 singles, while the No. 1 doubles team of Grover Said and Jace Jacoby took No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-4, and Reid Douglas and Dirk Shaw prevailed 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2 doubles.

Matt Hahn lost to Cael Williams, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 singles.

The first win was nice to get out of the way after getting close several times.

“Our schedule is such that we play all of our tough teams at the beginning of the season,” Condreay said. “It’s nice to use those matches as a stepping stone and learning process.

“We lost 3-2 to McCutcheon (last week),” he noted. “Two doubles went three sets and just kind of had a mental breakdown. That was a match where our No. 1 singles (Price) won 6-0, 6-2 against a guy we’ve always struggled trying to beat.

“(McCutcheon’s) Gavin (Dardeen) wasn’t quite on his game that day and Evan was hitting pretty much every shot that he wanted to hit.”

Price improved to 4-1 individually on the season with Monday’s win and hasn’t dropped a set other than in his one loss.

“No, he hasn’t and other than the one that he lost I don’t think he’s given up more than two games, too,” Condreay said.

He believes that Price should be 5-0 at this point as his opponent in his loss to Lebanon should have been defaulted for on-court behavior in Condreay’s opinion.

“Technically the kid from Lebanon should have been defaulted three times, but the coach from Lebanon refused to go by the rules and default his own player,” he said. “He ended up losing in three sets. Sadly, we have coaches that don’t care about the rules.”

While the Hornets are done with some of their tougher opponents, they are in the midst of a difficult part of it in regards to volume.

“We have five matches this week and five matches next week, so no rest for the weary,” Condreay said.

Rossville had a conference match on Tuesday with Carroll and has another at Taylor tonight starting at 5 p.m. with a home match with Lafayette Central Catholic on Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. The busy week ends with a 9 a.m. match Saturday at Twin Lakes.

“We’re seeing improvement,” Condreay said.” The main thing is the morale and trying to get a win so that they can say, ‘yeah, here’s something positive that we can build on.’ When you keep fighting and coming up short, it’s a little depressing so it’s nice to get one to build on.”