Eagles' boys tennis goes to Richwoods Invite

Adam Larck
Ricky Barrack swings through a ball at practice. Barrack recorded two wins last week, along with a sixth-place finish Saturday.

The boys tennis team picked up one win last week, along with two loses, before going to the Richwoods Invite on Saturday.

On April 5, Metamora went to Dunlap and shut the Eagles out, 9-0. In singles action, both Jonathan Gootee and Conner Garrison were shut out, 6-0, 6-0. John Collins managed to take a combined seven games, but also fell 6-4, 6-3.

The team fared better in doubles, not being shut out completely in any match. The pair of Garrison-Evan Fasnacht actually managed to take the second set before losing 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Metamora’s junior varsity also beat the Eagles, 7-2.

One day later, Dunlap recorded a strong win against Bloomington Central Catholic, beating them, 7-2.

The singles players took five of six matches. Garrison and Taylor Jensen were both pushed to three sets before winning. Garrison won, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7, while Jensen won, 2-6, 6-1, 10-7. The most dominating win for the team came from Stephen Chang, beating his opponent, 6-2, 6-2.

At doubles, both Gootee-Ricky Barrack and Greyson Keenan-Garrison recorded wins. Gootee-Barrack won 7-6 (2), 3-6, 10-8, and Keenan-Garrison won 6-3, 1-6, 10-5. The last doubles pair, Chang-Caleb Aeschliman, kept their game close as well, losing 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Bloomington Central Catholic’s junior varsity team beat Dunlap, 6-3.

On Thursday, the Eagles went back to Bloomington to face Bloomington High School. This time, the Eagles came away with a loss, getting beaten, 7-2.

Collins recorded the only win for the Eagles in singles, winning 6-2, 6-3. Garrison also had a close match before losing, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Jensen-Collins also got the only doubles win for the team, beating the duo from Bloomington, 7-5, 6-2.

The Dunlap junior varsity also got their only win of the week by beating Bloomington, 7-2.

The team finished up the week by going to the Richwoods Invite where they finished in sixth place with 18 points.

Dunlap got a second-place finish from Collins-Fasnacht at No. 3 doubles, only losing to the pair from Quincy Notre Dame.

The Eagles also came away with sixth-place finishes at No. 2 singles (Jensen), and No. 1 (Gootee-Barrack) and No.  2 doubles (Keenan-Garrison). Samuel Park took seventh place at No. 1 singles.

Monday, the team earned another victory at home by beating Peoria Central.

All six singles players swept the board, while the pair of Garrison-Victor Takhanov and Nick Kim-Gerado De La Torre picked up doubles wins.

Dunlap has a home match Thursday against Peoria Richwoods before going to the Moline Invite on Saturday.