Varsity, JV boys tennis crush Hickman

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Nadav Gov-Ari

Returning the ball to his Hickman opponent senior Ford Zitch pulls his racket back for swing. Zitch, along with all the other varsity players, won his match, beating Hickman in the April 5th tournament. Photo by Katie O'Connor

On a rainy, gloomy April 5, the boys tennis team managed to bring a little sunshine to the south side. Taking care of business against crosstown rivals, the Hickman High School Kewpies, Bruin boys won all nine varsity matches and eight of ten junior varsity matches to boost the team’s record to 2-0 this season.
All six of the varsity singles matches were decided in straight sets, with three being the most games lost in a set by an RBHS player.  It was a sound early season victory for a Rock Bridge squad with high hopes.
RBHS seniors Ford Zitsch and Jack Fay both won their matches 6-0, 6-1 to set the tone for the rest of the match, while sophomore Jacob Winton achieved a ‘double bagel,’ a straight 6-0, 6-0 win. Junior Alex Jones managed a 6-2, 6-0 win, freshman Rohit Rao a 6-2, 6-2 win and junior Billy Swift a 6-0, 6-3 win.
The three doubles teams  also performed well. The only real struggle – if it can even be called that – was with the team of Winton and Swift. They barely won their first set, 7-5 but won the second 6-2.
“Hickman is a good team, a competitive one,” senior Nick Sun said. “Even though the match wasn’t that close, it’s still a really good early season experience for us as a team.”
Overall, Rock Bridge won decidedly in a preparation match as the bulk of their schedule swings around. Junior varsity players also experienced success, winning eight of its 10 matches to bring home a decisive victory for RBHS.
By Nadav Gov-Ari