Mexico sinks Pirates on windy day

Mexico sinks Pirates on windy day
By: 
Dave Faries
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Mexico gave a convincing performance on the courts at Hannibal on Monday, taking the match by an 8-1 margin.

Yet the Bulldogs’ worked for the conference win.

The doubles team of Randy Hernandez and Carter McIntosh edged the Pirates’ top pair of Karson Westhoff and Gabriel Foster in a slugfest. Neither side could pull away and after 20 games, the set was deadlocked at 10-10.

“The wind was a big factor,” McIntosh said, pointing out that it favored one half of the court over the other. “You had to make adjustments every time you switched sides.”

Hernandez and McIntosh struggled initially as the set went into a tiebreaker round. Down 5-0 in the best of seven overtime, the pair rallied to claim the tie breaker.

“We just out volleyed them,” McIntosh noted.

Bryson Stuehmer and Andrew Stephens just slipped by the Hannibal pairing of Macen Mitchell and Alaric Mefford, 10-8. And the Haden Frazier-Ryan Pemberton combo emerged from a tough 10-6 battle.

It wasn’t easy, but the Bulldogs swept the doubles confrontations. “It was a very gritty performance from our veteran players,” observed Mexico head coach Tony Senor.

After a tiring doubles bout, Hernandez and McIntosh had things easier. Each captured their singles round 10-2.

Playing in the two slot, Frazier held off the Pirates’ Westhoff 10-5. Pemberton’s outcome was a little less comfortable, but he cleared Mitchell 10-6.

But the Bulldogs weren’t struggling. They played solid and in form, even in the tight battles.

Stuehmer’s singles round was one of the tight ones. He took on Hannibal’s Carter Sims through 18 games, winning 10-8.

The lone Mexico loss was another evenly matched affair. Andrew Stephens came out on the wrong side of a 10-8 set against Mefford.

“It’s always good to get a conference win and to see all of our players improving,” Senor said.

Mexico’s JV side came home with a 3-1 doubles win. Noah Harlan and Dominic McKeown dominated 10-2. McKeown teamed with Declan Gleeson and cruised to an 8-0 win. Matthew Huemann and Andrew Stephens claimed a 10-4 victory.

Nathan Bull and Zeven Ruiz fell 8-0.

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