By Jason Chlapek
The Cove Herald
BELTON — The Copperas Cove tennis team’s opponent on Tuesday was Belton. However, the Bulldawgs had another form of opposition as well — the wind.
The Tigers were able to make better adjustments to the wind as they claimed six of seven doubles matches as well as all six boys singles matches to roll to a 17-2 victory at the Belton High School Tennis Center.
“We didn’t adjust to the wind very well in doubles play, and that came back to haunt us,” said Cove Coach Paul Talbett. “We got in a hole after doubles and couldn’t climb out of it.”
Cove (19-4, 3-1 in District 12-5A) now finds itself needing to win two of its last three matches and get some help along the way if it wants to keep alive its hopes for a Region II-Class 5A tournament berth. The Bulldawgs need to win two of their final three dual matches against A&M Consolidated, Bryan or Shoemaker, and Belton (4-1 in 12-5A) needs to lose out. The Tigers finish against Bryan and Harker Heights.
Cove seemed to have some momentum after Tevin Ogo and Zach Lampa claimed a straight-set, 6-4, 6-4 sweep of Will Summers and Alex MacKeller in Line 1 boys doubles. That match was the only one the Bulldawgs would claim in the doubles round as Belton won Lines 2 and 3 boys doubles, all three girls doubles and the mixed doubles matches with straight-set sweeps.
The host team also dominated the singles round, claiming all six boys matches and five of six girls matches. Belton claimed Lines 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 boys singles in straight sets as well as Lines 1-3 girls singles.
The only girls singles match Cove won was Line 6, where Bazil Greiner defeated Rachel Easley, 6-0, 6-0.
Cove visits district-leader A&M Consolidated at 3 p.m. Friday before facing Bryan at 9 a.m. Saturday at Temple High School. The contest on Saturday is a conclusion of last week’s meeting that was postponed due to lightning. Currently, Bryan leads 9-5.
Belton 17, Cove 2
(Belton High School TC)
Boys doubles — Line 1: Lampa/Oga, CC d. MacKeller/Summers, B, 6-4, 6-4; Line 2: Doss/Stephens, B d. Bennett/Ortner, CC, 6-3, 6-3; Line 3: Kemp/Wesson, B d. Juarez/Watts, CC, 6-2, 6-1.
Girls doubles — Line 1: K. Daugherty/M. Daugherty, B d. Almli/Bembridge, CC, 6-3, 6-3; Line 2: Knight/Plunk, B d. Thai/Whitt, CC, 6-3, 6-4; Line 3: Jackson/Rush, B d. Greiner/Locklear, CC, 6-4, 6-3.
Mixed doubles — Broome/Hollingsworth, B d. Kingery/Sinn, CC, 6-3, 6-2.
Boys singles — Line 1: Will Summers, B d. Tevin Oga, CC, 6-1, 6-2; Line 2: Alex MacKeller, B d. Zach Lampa, CC, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4; Line 3: Scott Stephens, B d. Jordan Kingery, CC, 6-2, 6-2; Line 4: Joel Doss, B d. Tim Ortner, CC, 6-2, 6-2; Line 5: Brady Wesson, B d. Leighton Bennett, CC, 6-4, 6-1; Line 6: Mitchell Hollingsworth, B d. Eric Juarez, CC, 6-1, 6-2.
Girls singles — Line 1: Katie Daugherty, B d. Malika Bembridge, CC, 6-4, 7-6; Line 2: Lauren Knight, B d. Dana Whitt, CC, 6-3, 6-2; Line 3: Maddi Daugherty, B d. Tina Thai, CC, 6-1, 6-1; Line 4: Morgan Broome, B d. Emily Locklear, CC, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Line 5: Meredith Middleton, B d. Dani Almli, CC, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Line 6: Bazil Greiner, CC d. Rachel Easley, B, 6-0, 6-0.