Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Holland Christian High School
South Christian High School
Sailors and Maroons End in 4-4 Tie in Boys Tennis
The South Christian varsity tennis team battled Holland Christian Wednesday afternoon, and what started as a commanding SC “lead” ended in a hard fought 4-4 tie.
The Sailors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in match victories, as they won convincingly at 1D, 2D and 3D. Holland Christian then claimed two wins over the Sailors at 1 and 3 singles. From there, things got tight.
Three matches went into a 3rd set. The next match to finish was 4D, where Tate Christians and Collin Pollatz were able to hold of a Maroon comeback, winning 63, 26, 62.
At this point, SC had 4 wins with two left on the court. Josh DeHaan at 2S and Nolan Diekevers at 4S were entrenched in two very difficult matches. Josh DeHaan had all he could handle in Robert Frieling, a quick and intelligent player. Josh fell behind early in the 1st set, losing 6-2, but was able to even the score, winning the hard-fought 2nd set 6-4. In the third set, HC was able to close it out, winning 6-3 in the third set. Overall score: SC 4, HC 3.
Meanwhile, on the next court, Nolan Diekevers participated in the toughest match of the day. Nolan claimed the 1st set by the score of 6-4. After losing the 2nd set 7-5, the HC player took the match in a super tie-break, winning 10-6.
Coach Pothoven praised all his players for the excellent effort. “To my knowledge, South Christian has never defeated Holland Christian in tennis…ever…, so to come away with a tie certainly is an accomplishment. I know a couple of guys are going to feel the sting of losing a tough 3rd set, but that is the nature of tennis. You can be so close to victory only to have it escape. I’m so proud of all the players, but especially Josh and Nolan. There is NO quit in those two. Once I saw how those matches were going, I knew they were going to fight until the last point. That’s all a coach can ask for. As a team, to come out of this with a tie is certainly special. These players continue to improve and develop and we look forward to what the rest of the season holds.”