Goldsboro's Derek Hill

Goldsboro's Derek Hill hits the ball during his match against Clinton's Reed Bass. Hill stormed back from a 4-5 deficit in the first set to win the match 7-5, 6-0.

In the number five singles match, Goldsboro’s Derek Hill stormed back from a 4-5 deficit in the first set to win the match 7-5, 6-0 in the Cougars’ Eastern Central 2-A Conference men's tennis meet against Clinton Wednesday afternoon.

“I think I played pretty well,” Hill said. “I just went out there and did my best. I kept thinking do your best, don’t give up and keep fighting

“I’m glad I came out with the win.”

Unfortunately, the Cougars lost the meet 6-2

In the other singles matches, Aaron Podbielski lost to Clintons’ Cooper Brewer 6-2, 6-1, while Conner Pate dropped his match against Alexandre Haran 6-2, 6-0 in the number two singles match.

The Dark Horses’ Peter Darden toppled Daniel Williamson in straight sets, and in the number four singles match, Nathan Podbielski lost 6-1, 6-1 to Camden Thompson.

In the final singles match, Caden Pate lost to Ty Randleman 6-2, 6-2.

The Cougars won their second point of the meet in the number three doubles match. Hill and Nathan Podbielski prevailed against Robert Smith and Jacob Thompson 8-4.

“We played pretty solid,” Goldsboro head coach Russell Stephens said. “We just ran up against a team that’s very good and well-coached. I’m proud of the way the guys played. We’re playing solid tennis.”

Goldsboro lost the number one doubles match 8-1, and lost the number two doubles match 8-2.

“It’s always good to see competition. You measure yourself by how good your competition is, and the guys had some really good shots,” Stephens said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get the win, but the guys competed and played hard, and as a coach, that’s all you can ask for.”

The loss drops Goldsboro to 4-6 overall, while Clinton is 14-1 on the season and has won 11 meets in a row. The Cougars next take the court against East Duplin on Monday.