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Firebirds stung by Gryphons in Big East tennis shocker
April 21, 2010Rocky Mount High School
ROCKY MOUNT - Playing 3-A Big East Conference rival Rocky Mount twice in two days proved to be too much for the Southern Nash boys tennis team.
After sweeping doubles in Monday's 8-1 victory in Stanhope, the Firebirds lost two of three doubles and the match 5-4 at Sunset Park. Head coach Brad Joyner said it was the first conference loss since 2002 for Southern Nash, ranked No. 4 among state 3-A teams and a state finalist in each of the past two years.
The Firebirds slipped to 14-2 overall and 9-1 in the Big East where they now share the top spot with the Gryphons (11-2, 9-1).
No. 1 Res Bosshard, No. 4 Will Matthews and No. 5 Kris Amin won singles matches for the Firebirds while Amin-Kaleb Vater took an 8-1 victory at No. 3 doubles.
The match came down to No. 2 doubles where Rocky Mount's Ross Bradley-John Hader took a 6-3 lead on Armando Villareal-Matthews. But the Firebirds tandem fought back to tie the score 6-6 before Bradley-Hader won the last two points and the match.
ROCKY MOUNT 5, SOUTHERN NASH 4
Res Bosshard (SN) def. Ross Bradley 6-7 (5), 6-3, (10-2)
Miguel Valdez (RM) def. Adam Glover 1-6, 6-3, (10-7)
Gavin Stone (RM) def. Armando Villareal 6-1, 6-1
Will Matthews (SN) def. John Hader 6-4, 6-1
Kris Amin (SN) def. Zack Green 6-3, 6-0
Mason Holt (RM) def. Kaleb Vater 6-0, 6-4
Valdez-Stone (RM) def. Bosshard-Glover 8-1
Bradley-Hader (RM) def. Villareal-Matthews 8-6
Amin-Vater (SN) def. Green-Holt 8-1