Dunlap tennis team edges Galesburg

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

The Dunlap boys tennis team had a nail-biter on April 12.

After the team won four of the six singles matches, they just need one more win to beat Galesburg on the road. However, both the teams of Jonathan Gootee-Sam Park and Stephen Chang-Caleb Aeschliman were defeated in two sets.

According to coach John Allison, the pair of John Collins-Conner Garrison stepped up when the team needed them to, winning a tie-break in the first set, 7-6 (5), and taking the second set, 6-4, to give the team the win, 5-4.

“In the No. 2 doubles match, it was back and forth the whole first set,” Allison said.  “If my guys held serve, then Galesburg held serve the next game. If my guys broke Galesburg serve, Galesburg broke right back.  In the second set, I think it came down to who wanted it more.”

Garrison also picked up a win in singles action, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Allison said this is the fourth match this year that has gone to a third set for Garrison, and that he has won three of them.

“Conner is a notoriously slow starter, it usually takes him a set to warm-up,” he said.

The next day, Peoria Richwoods traveled to Dunlap and beat the Eagles, 5-4. While the match was already decided once No. 1 doubles finished, both the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams for Dunlap got wins to close the gap.

“Richwoods has a very good one and two,” Allison said. “Our second set at No. 2 was a close one.”

After going 6-0 in the first set, Park managed to push the second set to seven games at No. 2 singles before losing, 7-5.

Picking up wins at singles were Greyson Keenan, winning in three sets, 6-7 (8), 7-5, 10-8, and Garrison, winning, 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.

Allison said that strategy, footwork and ground-strokes have started getting better as the season has been progressing.

“Guys are starting to step up and play good tennis,” he said.

The Eagles play next Tuesday at Limestone.