CHAPMAN — It was do-or-die for the Union County tennis team on Thursday when it traveled to Chapman to face the second ranked team in Region III-AAA. Hungry for a playoff bid, the Jackets made quick work of the Panthers, handing them a 5-1 loss to tie for the No. 2 spot with four region matches remaining.
“Chapman beat us earlier in the year 5-2, but I felt like we were a better team than the one that showed up that day and I was right,” said Union County Head Coach Tom Adamo. “Our kids really stepped up to the task Thursday with the must win match to stay alive for a playoff spot.”
It was business as usual for Union County’s No. 1 singles player, Matt Haney. The senior handled his Chapman opponent to give the Jackets an early 1-0 lead. Dale Patterson followed with a win from the No. 3 spot before the Panthers cut the lead back to one as David Kicidis took a tough loss. The Jackets made it a 3-1 game when Trent Ivey and Jacob Gault won in straight sets from the No. 2 doubles position.
“Jacob took over the match with his play at the net,” noted Adamo. “He was a beast.”
Meanwhile, Andrew Adamo and Tyler Gregory had entered into third set tie breakers in their respective matches.
Adamo, Union County’s No. 2 singles player, finished his opponent, 10-5. As a heavy rainfall began, Gregory closed with a 10-8 victory from the No. 5 singles position.
“This was a big win that our guys really fought for,” said Adamo. “I’m not sure if it was the line-up adjustment I made or the incentive of me buying supper if we won, I guess I will never know.”
In order to claim sole possession of the No. 2 spot in Region III-AAA, Union County will need some help.
A Chapman loss to either Woodruff or Broome next week would do the job, provided that the Jackets take care of business and win their match against Clinton.
In Singles Play
#1 Matt Haney (UC) defeated Edwards (C) 6-3,6-2
#2 Andrew Adamo (UC) defeated Haley (C) 4-6, 6-4, (10-5)
#3 Dale Patterson (UC) defeated Smith (C) 6-4, 6-4
#4 Church (C) defeated David Kicidis (UC) 6-3, 6-1
#5 Tyler Gregory (UC) defeated Deam (C) 6-7, 6-4, (10-8)
#2 Jacob Gault/ Trent Ivey (UC) defeated Deoung/Wagner (C) 6-4, 7-6