BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Wilson Central tennis teams kicked off its 2019 campaign in grand fashion with a pair of 4-3 wins over perennial Kentucky power Bowling Green High School at Kereiakes Park on Wednesday.
The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats clinched their victories in the final matches with both deciding matches ending in tiebreakers.
Wilson Central freshman Sean Brown faced two match points in the deciding 10-point tiebreaker before overcoming Curtis Lin 7-5, 6-7(5), 14-12.
Lady Wildcat junior Kiersten Moss finished off the night by overcoming a 4-1 deficit in the tiebreaker for a 9-8(5) win over Bowling Green’s Alexandra Smith.
Both Wilson Central squads swept the two doubles points before holding on for the win in singles.
Brown, playing in his first regular season tennis match, paired with fellow freshman Blaine Smith at number two doubles for a 2-6, 6-2, (10-3) win that pushed Wilson Central (1-0) to a 2-0 advantage.
Though tensions were high for Brown in the deciding match, the freshman seemed to enjoy the experience as he managed to stay calm under pressure.
“It was very intense, and I enjoyed every minute of it,” Brown said following his clinching win at three singles.
“I felt overwhelming excitement when I won so it’s pretty cool, and my teammates running on court to congratulate me was really cool as well.”
Moss helped kick start Wilson Central (1-0) to a 1-0 lead as she partnered with senior Abby Moser for a 6-1, 7-5 win at two doubles.
Bowling Green won matches at one and two singles to tie the match up at 3-all while Moss was on court in her match at four singles.
Unaware of how the other matches had finished, Moss did not know that it was up to her for the win – a fact that she is glad to have not known of.
“I didn’t really know, and if I did I would have gotten even more nervous for sure,” Moss said.
“When I got down in the set and tiebreaker, I just started working to get more balls in play, and not worry about the score.”
After the match, both Brown and Moss reflected on the team and the upcoming season.
“We just have to trust process and work hard,” Brown said.
Added Moss, “I’m very happy with the team. We all cheer each other on and encourage each other especially in times of need.”
At number one doubles, senior Michael Mercante and sophomore AJ Hughes carried a 6-3, 6-1 win over Bowling Green’s Curtis Line and Tate Sin.
Hughes gave the squad its third point with a 6-4, 1-6, 10-7 win at number two singles over Matthew Shivel.
On the girl’s side, seniors Sydney Miller and Savannah Westbrook battled back to secure a win at one doubles over Bowling Green’s Campbell Richey and Yunni Qu 3-6, 6-3, 11-9.
Moser claimed the team’s third point with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Macy Miesel at three singles.
Wilson Central will be on the road for a pair of district matches on Monday and Tuesday, taking on Portland and Beech, respectively.
The home opener for Wilson Central will be on Wednesday as the Wildcats entertain Siegel. Match time is slated for 4 p.m.