PRESCOTT — After a disappointing loss to rival Flagstaff earlier this week, the Prescott boys’ tennis team has won two straight including a 9-0 sweep over visiting Mingus Union on Thursday afternoon to stay perfect in Section V play.
No. 1 singles player Brandon Nguyen beat Logan Connella, 6-4, 6-2, Jack Darr needed a tiebreaker round to defeat Jerry Hernandez, 4-6, 6-3 (10-6) and the Badgers earned their third sweep of the season.
“I started off a little shaky in the first set,” Nguyen said about his singles match with Connella. “I had to dial down my serve a bit and stay patient. The key was to stay longer in the point, staying consistent and wearing my opponent down.”
Nguyen said he spotted a flaw in Connella’s game, which helped him earn the win.
“He preferred to hit his forehand a lot, so I kept it low and forced him to use his backhand and a weaker shot,” Nguyen said, adding that Mingus is usually a tough team to play.
“Mingus always poses a big threat. We usually go one and one a lot with them in a season,” Nguyen said. “Recently we had a tough loss against Flagstaff, but we’re barreling through it and keeping our moral up.”
As for Darr’s marathon victory over Hernandez, the No. 2 singles player said he didn’t play very strong to start.
“I adjusted to how he was hitting and started to pull the match out,” Darr said. “The tiebreaker was a lot closer than I thought it needed to be, but I managed to pull it out. … I felt like as long as I could get a rally going and not miss, eventually he would have a misstep somewhere, and I took advantage of that.”
In No. 3 singles play, Brandon Klever won, 6-3, 6-1, Luke Hardy won the No. 4 singles match, 6-2, 6-1, and Julio Ortega won the No. 5 singles match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. At No. 6, Jack Clark defeated Brigham Peterson, 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles, Nguyen and Klever won 8-5, Darr and Orega paired to win 8-0 and Hardy teamed up with Colton Carter to win 8-0.
Prescott (8-3, 7-0 Section V) will host Centennial on Thursday, April 14, with an official start time of 3:30 p.m.
It is the last home match of the season for the Badgers, who travel to Ironwood on Monday, April 18, and wrap up the regular season against cross-town rival Bradshaw Mountain on Tuesday, April 19, in Prescott Valley.
All matches start at 3:30 p.m.
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