Nevada battles Harrisonville to win opening rounds of Districts/Senior Night in tennis
After battling the first heat wave of 2022, with temperature in the lower 90’s than the upper 70’s from last week, the Nevada Tiger Boys Tennis team wins against the Harrisonville Wildcats 5-0 on the opening round of Districts, and Senior night as well. They look forward to playing Bolivar for the second round of Districts on Wednesday evening.
“Today went okay,” said Head Coach Samantha Short. “I think our second and third ranked doubles struggled doing things they normally wouldn't do. They overcame it, and Harrisonville was better than they expected. My #1 doubles did well too today.” When reflecting on the five seniors on the team, Sam Purkey, Evan Rea, Andrew LaNear, Chosen, Reichard, and Jamin Mosher, she said,”I think the team will miss the leadership that these boys bring to the team. The other players really look up to them.”
Seniors Evan Rea and Andrew LaNear went against Garrett Peterman and Drew Droege and won two matches with them, both being the score of 6-0. Cody Leung and Jayden Thankamani fought Conner Graves Eli Weir for a loss in the first match of 3-6, but won the second match 7-5. The third and final set was a 10 point tiebreaker, which Leung and Thankamani won 10-7.
Jamin Mosher and Trey Streeter battled Sam Droegre and Slade Holden a win of 6-1 in the first and a loss of 6-7 in the second (4-7 to Harrsionville as a tiebreaker for that match). The third set, Nevada won 10-6. For singles, Evan Rea played Garrett Peterman and won both sets with a score of 6-0 and 6-1. Jamin Mosher fought Jack Glover within a win of 6-0 in the first match and 6-0 in the second.
Finally, Nevada Daily Mail caught up with the doubles partners as well as two of the five seniors, of Rea and LaNear. LaNear on some fun memories he would miss, said, “I would say beating Springfield Catholic in the Big 8 Conference to win first in doubles last year, and I’ll miss playing doubles with Evan just having the most fun.” Rea was quoted by saying, “Probably winning the Conference Championship this year and all the intense doubles matches we’ve had. I'll also miss just hanging with the team and playing competitively.” Although it was an emotional day, the Tigers are looking forward to winning against Bolivar on Wednesday.