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Golden Bears drop season opener to Springfield

March 26, 2012
Bryan High School

The Bryan Boys Tennis Team dropped their season opening match to Division I Springfield on Monday by a score of 4 - 1.  It was an inauspicious start to the season for the Bears who are hoping to put together the best 4-year stretch in the program's history.

The Blue Devils handily won at first and second singles as Andrew Cox and Brian Chamberlain won in straight sets for Springfield.  That left the Golden Bears having to win all three of the remaining matches to pull out a win.  Bryan came close but couldn't narrow the gap as tie-breakers and three-set matches didn't go their way.
At third singles, Bryan's Michael Sheperd gave the team hope of pulling out a squeaker.  After dropping the first set in a 6-7 (4-7) tie-breaker, Sheperd went on to win his match against his Springfield counterpart by taking sets two and three by a score of 6-2 and 6-3 respectively.
"Michael really raised the level of his game in sets two and three," said Bryan Coach Mitchell Owens.  "He's one of our few veterans on the team, and in matches like this it shows."
Meanwhile the Bears' first doubles tandem of Derek Vincent and Dylan Krupp were trumping their opponents by winning a tightly played 6-4 first set.  Unfortunately, they couldn't hold on to the momentum as they lost in three sets to the Blue Devils.
At second doubles, it was almost another three set match for the Bears, but again Bryan came up short in a close 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) match that would give Springfield the exclamation point on their victory.
"I thought our youth and inexperience really showed today," commented Owens. "Springfield played very good tennis, and we just didn't come ready to play the way I know we can play."
"If we're going to win matches this year, we are going to need to bring our "A" game every time.  We don't have the luxury to not play our best and still have a chance to win like we've been able to do the last couple of years."
In JV action, Arron Pease and Drew Kaufman were victorious for the Golden Bears.
1st -  Andrew Cox (S) def. Andrew Burr (B): 6-2, 6-0
2nd - Brian Chamberlain (S) def. Tory Savage (B): 6-2, 6-2
3rd -  Michael Sheperd (B) def. Bianca Caniglia (S): 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-3
1st -  Gaige Knauss/James Hendrzak (S) def. Derek Vincent/Dylan Krupp (B): 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
2nd - Brian Brubaker/Dylan Tan (S) def. Zach Bauer/Ryan Wicks (B): 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
Season Record: 0 - 1
League Record: 0 - 0

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