COPPERAS COVE — Jake Abraham has been waiting for this moment.
During the first two weeks of the tennis season, Copperas Cove’s girls have excelled, winning 30 of their 39 doubles matches, but on Tuesday, the Bulldawgs got to gloat.
Copperas Cove’s boys went undefeated for the first time this year, guiding the team to a 14-5 victory against visiting Lampasas, and after the match, Abraham and his counterparts let the Lady Bulldawgs hear about it.
“It feels really good because the girls are always like, ‘You guys need to step up because we are always winning everything,’” the senior said. “Now we can come back and say, ‘Hey, we won. We swept, and we owned it today. Now what?’”
With Abraham delivering an 8-4 win in singles and earning an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory over the Badgers’ top tandem with doubles partner Dominic Smith, the Bulldawgs won all nine of their matches.
Early on, however, it did not appear the boys would go unblemished.
After playing 13 matches in a whirlwind opening to the season, Copperas Cove got off to a sluggish start Tuesday, but avoided several collapses in doubles to take a 5-2 lead into singles competition.
“Our boys stepped up today,” Cove head coach Paul Talbett said. “They’ve been playing a lot of really strong teams. I think they got a little confidence from those experiences, and now their game is better. They got a chance to step up tonight and take control of a match, and that was good for them.”
Along with Abraham and Smith, the Bulldawgs duos of Nic Fletcher-Brett Alber (6-1, 4-6, 10-4) and Jeremiah Gray-James Llanos (6-2, 6-2) emerged victorious before sweeping in singles as well.
Fletcher, a senior, fell into a 4-6 hole against Lampasas junior Richard Cambon before rallying for an 8-6 win, while Gray claimed an 8-5 win and both Llanos and Smith won 8-2.
“I knew we could do it,” Smith said of the boys’ sweep. “I knew it would happen eventually because the guys on the team are solid players. I was just waiting for it to happen.”
The victory improves Copperas Cove’s record to 8-6 heading into this weekend’s tournament at Midway.
Carolyn Laborde-Sommer Cofield (6-4, 6-4) won the Lady Badgers’ lone girls doubles set, while Lampasas’ mixed team of Tara Pegande-Shrader Davis (6-3, 6-2) also won.
In girls singles, Laborde (8-2), Cofield (8-1) and Audrey Kernes (8-4) were victorious.
While Copperas Cove has been competing for a few weeks, Lampasas was in its first match of the season, and it showed, according to head coach Kenneth Peiser.
“We need to get a little more aggressive,” he said.
“We need to get more rallies. We faulted a lot serving, and we just need to keep things going.”
COPPERAS COVE 14, LAMPASAS 5
Tuesday, at Copperas Cove
Jake Abraham/Dominic Smith (CC) def. Shane Moore/JD Bynam, 6-1, 6-1.
Brett Alber/Nic Fletcher (CC) def. Richard Cambon/Ty Claussen, 6-1, 4-6, (10-4).
Justin Adams/James Llanos (CC) def. Ellison/Griffin Burbey, 6-2, 6-2.
Carolyn Laborde/Sommer Cofield (L) def. Kaylen Byrd/Dealin Hoffmann, 6-4, 6-4.
Sydney Danemarks/Alex Wilson (CC) def. Audrey Kernes/McKenzie Thornton, 6-4, 6-2.
Tara Pergande/Shrader Davis (L) def. Gorman/Wagner, 6-3, 6-2.
Smith (CC) def. Davis, 8-2.
Llanos (CC) def. Bynam, 8-2.
Jeremiah Gray (CC) def. Moore, 8-5.
Fletcher (CC) def. Cambon, 8-6.
Abraham (CC) def. Burbey, 8-4.
Adams (CC) def. Claussen, 8-2.
Byrd (CC) def. Pergande, 8-2.
Laborde (L) def. Hoffmann, 8-2.
Kernes (L) def. Greiner, 8-4.
Wilson (CC) def. Veronica Weve, 8-2.
Cofield (L) def. Danemarks, 8-1.
Tessa Bliss (CC) def. Thornton, 9-8 (5).