Lebanon — The Western Boone tennis team advanced in to the sectional semifinal on Wednesday night with a 4-1 win against Frankfort.
The Stars swept the three singles matches against their conference rivals, while also winning at No. 2 doubles.
“Our younger guys played really well today,” Western Boone head coach Dustin Cunningham said. “Quentin Hicks winning 6-0, 6-0 and getting off the court quick was good, especially since he will have a tough match tomorrow. Keith Dobbs had some adversity to fight through and at No. 2 doubles, those guys just grinded it out. It showed well for those guys.”
The Stars beat the Hot Dogs 4-1 earlier in the season, but this time many of the matches were a lot closer.
Frankfort head coach Julie Calvert said she was happy with the effort she saw from her team.
“You are always looking for your team to just put their best foot forward and keep fighting until the end,” Calvert said. “The kids did exactly what we wanted from them. I am really proud of them for that.”
Hicks was a quick 6-0, 6-0 winner over James Ostler at No. 2 singles.
A short time later Dobbs topped Cameron Swinford 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, before the Stars No. 2 doubles team of Chase Lee and Aidan Smith topped Noah Wilder and Nolan Varner 7-6, 6-4 to clinch the win for the Stars.
It was the first sectional match ever for Dobbs, Lee and Smith.
“As bad as it sounds, I don’t think it crossed their minds,” Cunningham said. “We had a pretty relaxed practice yesterday, getting ready for today. I didn’t bring it up that it was the sectional, and I think they were pretty naive to it to tell you the true.”
Frankfort’s lone point came at No. 1 doubles.
The team of Dylan Smith and Nicholas Kinder topped John Bromberek and Dylan Hamerin 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Smith and Kinder will advance in the doubles tournament.
“I am super excited for them,” Calvert said. “They worked really hard today and beat a very good WeBo team that we respect a lot. I am excited to take them down for the doubles tournament and let them have some fun.”
The match at No. 1 singles between Western Boone’s Ethan Dobbs and Frankfort’s Isaac Hunter was a marathon match that took three hours to complete.
Hunter won the first set against Dobbs 7-5, but the Star senior came back to take the second set in a tiebreak. Dobbs won the third set 6-3 to earn the final point for the Stars.
Frankfort ends its season 10-10.
“They really rallied around each other,” Calvert said. “They really gelled together as a team and they supported each other. They were always positive. We had some highs and lows, and they always battled through it. Their perseverance when it got tough, and their positive attitudes, I really appreciated that. It is easy to get down, but they kept on pushing through.”
The Stars advance to play Rossville in the sectional semifinal today.
The Hornets defeated the Stars earlier this year, and also beat them at the Delphi Tournament last weekend.
“We are going to have to win at some spots that we haven’t beat them in this year,” Cunningham said. “We have the capabilities too, but we can’t come in and give points away. Anytime we have the advantage, we have to make sure we finish points. Then when adversity strikes, we can’t drop our heads, we have to keep plugging away.”
Cunningham said one advantage the Stars have is having a sectional match under their belts.
“We have played in the heat in the last week and the change in the weather conditions was an adjustment today,” Cunningham said. “It was a little more wind today than we have had in a while. I think them having to adjust to that, and us having a match in it, could help us tomorrow.”