In a series of close matches, Rosewood defeated Goldsboro 5-1 in a non-conference tennis meet on Wednesday evening.
Six upperclassmen guided the Eagles to their third win of the season. Rosewood improved its overall record to 3-3, while Goldsboro dropped to 3-3 overall.
“It was two really good teams that had adversity on both sides,” said Rosewood head coach Daniel Baynes. “Goldsboro had some players that were out of town, and I some guys that had other commitments because we moved the match a day early.
“Last time we played here, we eked out a 5-4 victory, so it’s two very evenly matched teams. Both teams seem to be going up, so I’m very proud of both teams.”
The Eagles’ lone senior Jacob Smith started things off a with a 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-4) win over Aaron Podbielski.
The Cougars’ lone victory came courtesy of second-seeded Connor Pate, who prevailed 5-7, 7-6, 1-0 (10-8) over the Eagles’ Kyle Matthews.
“Connor Pate really worked hard to get that win for Goldsboro,” said Baynes.
Kyle Matthews’ twin brother Cole Matthews won his match 6-4, 6-3 over Goldsboro’s Daniel Williamson, while fourth-seeded Seth Wiggins won a close match, 6-4, 7-5, against Nathan Podbielski.
Rosewood’s Tyler Jordan beat Derek Hill in another match that went to a tiebreaker. After dropping the first 1-6, Jordan bounced back and won the second set 6-2, before going on the win the tiebreaker 10-8.
Damon Merritt sealed the Eagles’ victory with a 6-4, 6-1 win in the No. 6 singles match.
“What really impressed me about my boys was they were playing the game the way they’ve been taught to play,” said Baynes. “They were hitting for the corners and working angles. The boys had high first serve percentages, and they were really taking advantage of opportunities when they had their opponents’ backs to the wall.”
The Eagles will next play North Johnston, while the Cougars next face Princeton. Both matches will be played on Monday.