After struggling against Lafayette, Maryville boys tennis put on yet another strong conference performance.
The Spoofhounds (3-1) had a busy week as they had two conference meets in two days. The Spoofhounds struggled early, losing to LeBlond 4-5. The boys turned it around the next day, defeating Benton 7-2.
“I’m really just going to brush my matches off,” senior Peter Kempf said. “They were winnable matches. I just got to focus, and work more on my second serve and my consistency.”
Kempf dropped both of his matches against Benton. Even though Kempf struggled, head coach Nicole McGinness knows he is getting better.
“I know he wasn’t happy with how it turned out on Thursday,” McGinness said. “He wants to improve, and he is working hard to make sure he plays as well as he can.”
Despite the struggle by Kempf, other Spoofhounds showed their dominance in Midland Empire Conference play.
The Spoofhounds got doubles wins from senior Patrick Baker and sophomore Jaden Hayes 8-2. The duo won both of the matches last week by a combined score of 16-4.
Kempf and Hermelink struggled losing their first doubles match of the season 8-4.
“We're not doing anything very different,” Kempf said. “Chance (Hermelink) and I are just working on our chemistry, just hitting and working the same as we have been.”
Junior Mason Walk and junior Cade Gustafson also took home a victory, 9-7.
Maryville continued its winning in singles play. Hermelink fell behind early in his match but pulled off the win 8-3.
“I thought that was really good for him,” McGinness said. “It showed a lot of confidence. He knew he needed to play well, and he came back and played well.”
Walk took down Benton 8-2 in his singles match. His doubles partner Gustafson also won his match 8-4. Hayes also took home a victory 8-3. In addition, senior Gage Long skunked his opponents 8-0.
After a heavy week of matches, the Spoofhounds slow it down with only one match this week. The Spoofhounds head to Cameron Wednesday, April 11. The match was scheduled for Monday, April 9, but was rescheduled due to the weather.
“The weather is definitely a downer,” Kempf said. “Both teams have to face it, so not an excuse I can use or even like to use.”
The Spoofhounds have already played at Cameron earlier this season when they played in the Cameron Tournament.
“We’ve seen Cameron earlier this year at the Cameron Tournament and this rescheduling gives us a little more time to get ready for them,” McGinness said.
The Spoofhounds struggled at the tournament. Kempf finished fourth place and was the top finisher on the team.
Walk was not feeling well that day, and ended up forfeiting his final match. In doubles, Hermelink and Hayes joined forces, but struggled, finishing 0-2. Gustafson and Long finished their doubles matches 1-2.
“I think it was really good in the fact that we saw lots of teams that we don’t normally play,” McGinness said. “So we got to see a lot of different players and how they play.”
After Cameron, the Spoofhounds head into Iowa for a non-conference meet against Southwest Valley Monday, April 16.
“We saw them last year, and I think they are returning a lot of players,” McGinness said. “We have at least a little idea of what they are going to be like.”