A few umbrellas were out among spectators at the North Harrison tennis courts last Tuesday, not to keep away rain, but to fend off a scorching sun.
In a back-and-forth first set, Crawford County's Trevor Harvey hits a forehand return during singles action. Photo by Brian Smith
Playing through the elevated heat and humidity, Crawford County left with a 5-0 sweep of North Harrison, continuing its strong season.
Crawford County coach Jerry Hodges said his team has played well this season, dropping only one match (Forest Park) thus far.
It was an exciting first set at No. 1 singles. Going back and forth, Crawford County's Trevor Harvey and North Harrison's Joe Davis showed little give and take. Davis served to go up 6-5 then had a pair of set-point opportunities Harvey was able to fend off. Capping with an ace, Harvey was able to bring the set to a tie-breaker.
In the tie-breaker, Harvey took an early 3-0 lead. A long rally eventually won by Davis brought him within two, 4-2. Coming to the net, Harvey found success and closed off the set with a 7-4 victory. The second set was all Harvey, who won 6-0.
At the No. 2 singles spot, Crawford County was a 6-0, 6-0 victor with Nick Higgins in the slot. He defeated Parker Rhodes.
It's a rather young team for North Harrison, which fielded all freshmen and sophomores across the courts. The Cougars forfeited No. 3 singles.
In doubles action, Crawford County's senior duo of Preston Coleman and Colton Nickelson were 6-0, 6-2 winners over Logan Martin and Caleb Duvall at No. 1.
Noah Talley and Bryce Rahman represented Crawford County at No. 2 doubles with a 6-2, 6-1 decision over North Harrison's Ryley Hoehn and Dawson Allen.