DUBLIN — West Bladen’s boys tennis team reached two goals on Monday when they earned their first Three Rivers Conference win and took bragging rights with a 7-2 victory over cross-county rival East Bladen.
The Knights sealed the conference win by taking five of the six singles matches against the visiting Eagles, then took two of the three doubles matches.
Jose Osorio earned his first win of the season for West Bladen at No. 1 singles, knocking off East’s Jacob Barber by a straight-sets 6-3, 6-3 margin.
At No. 2 singles, the Eagles’ Jay McGill took a tough 6-3, 7-5 win over West’s Edgardo Lara, fighting off a rally in the second set when Lara battled back from a 1-5 deficit to knot the game at 5-5.
Desmond Lesesne got the Knights back on track by winning the No. 3 singles match against East Bladen’s Jackson Bostic by a 6-4, 4-6, 10-7 tiebreaker. Lesesne has had to go to a tiebreaker in all but one of his matches this season.
Victor Arellano earned a quick 6-2, 6-1 win for West Bladen over Tucker Norton at No. 4 singles.
“That’s a new spot at No. 4 for him and his first win of the season,” said West Bladen coach Mary White. “I’m proud he kept fighting for his first win.”
At No. 5 singles, the Knights’ Logan Lewis took a 7-5, 6-0 win over East’s Will Hester.
“Lewis has been consistent … with his match play,” White said. “I’m looking forward to many more wins from him (because) he has such good ground strokes and strong net play.”
Jacob Hester gave West Bladen a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles over Hoyt Register of East Bladen.
“He was pretty ecstatic,” White said of Hester’s first win. “We finally found the right spot for him and I’m looking forward to seeing his ngame and confidence grow.”
In the doubles action, West Bladen’s No. 1 duo of Osorio and Lesesne teamed up for a hard-fought 8-6 win over the Eagles’ team of Barber and McGill; at No. 2, East Bladen’s tandem of Bostic and Norton took an 8-3 win over West’s Lara and Arellano; and at No. 3, the Knights’ Lewis and Hester earned an 8-0 whitewash of East’s Juan Esteva and Colin Hill.
West Bladen will go on the road to Fairmont for a conference match on Wednesday at 4 p.m., while East Bladen will host Whiteville in a conference match Wednesday at 4 p.m.