Prep Tennis: Ledford pays back Green Dragons, 6-3
This time of year Ledford tennis coach Randy Grimes is focused on beating league foe Asheboro.
He will be thinking about them over the weekend as that matchup awaits the first of next week, but on Thursday all he worried about was exacting some revenge on nonconference opponent West Davidson.
The Green Dragons met the Panthers in the season opener and pulled out a 5-4 win. LHS has gone undefeated since and got exactly what they wanted in the rematch. They won four singles matches and two more in doubles for the 6-3 victory. Grimes was pleased with the effort this time.
“We played them first game of the year and I guess we hadn’t got all the jitters out yet,” he said. “We probably got off the bus a little overconfident, too. But the guys settled down and played Ledford tennis this time. We did what we had to do.”
Veterans Rick Ydrovo, Thomas Freeman and Jackson Somers set the tone on the chilly and windy afternoon, picking up wins at 1-3 singles matches.
Freeman put the first point on the board, rolling by Jaime Lopez 6-3,6-0. A few minutes later his teammate on court No. 1 delivered a 6-1,6-2 win over Brett Moore in a match that was exciting to watch despite the score.
The lead reached 4-0 when Somers finished off Alex Cheves 6-2,6-3, followed by a 6-4,6-3 win by Erik McSwain.
One loss from losing the day in singles competition, Nathan Little and Cody Middleton kept the Green Dragons alive.
Little and Ledford’s Landon McGinn went to a tiebreaker to decide the No. 4 match. After a tie at 1-1 in the race to 10 points, Little played safe tennis while McGinn struggled. Little ran away in the extra session to finally get a West point.
All eyes turned to the final match on court No. 6 where Middleton was in a battle with Will Harrington. They also went to a tiebreaker to decide it and it was tight. But Middleton kept hopes alive with a 10-8 win.
To doubles the teams went and Ledford ended it in the first match. Ydrovo and Freeman teamed to take down Moore and Lopez 10-1. Somers and McGinn secured a bonus point at No. 2 doubles before West ended the day at No. 3.
Not only was Grimes pleased with the outcome, but he has enjoyed seeing his group of young men improve each match.
“The progress is slow and incremental which is what I strive for,” said Grimes. “Every day at practice I ask them to make small steps in intensity, footwork and strategy. They are working on the small things and the fundamentals. I am happy with where they are right now.”
Ledford will visit Asheboro Monday for a key Mid-Piedmont Conference match.