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Monett Cubs tennis off to a swinging start

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Net play. Monett's Shane Solomon returns a volley at the net during the Cubs' match against Carl Junction on Monday. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Once Mother Nature cooperated, the Monett Cubs' tennis season began last Tuesday.

The Cubs returned only one player with varsity experience from last year's team but opened the season with a 7-2 victory over Nevada.

"It was a great win for us," said tennis coach Bob Crain. "That is how we wanted to start our season."

Power through. George Fulton, a freshman at Monett, hits a forehand winner against Carl Junction's Andrew Glashen during Monday tennis action. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Results for the Cubs players were as follows with Monett listed first: Andrew Gilliam downed Andrew Arneson, 8-3; George Fulton fell to Colton Short, 8-4; Shane Solomon defeated Anthony Do, 8-4; Jario Rueda topped Luat Vu, 8-3; Elijah George topped Skyler Crews, 8-1; and Austin Ross downed Skyler Laning, 8-2.

In doubles, Gilliam and Fulton fell to Arneson and Short, 8-4; Solomon and George blanked Do and Vu, 8-0; and Rueda and Ross handled Crews and Laning, 8-2.

The Cubs fell 6-3 to Carl Junction on Monday.

Results for the Cubs players were as follows with Monett listed first: Gilliam fell to Benjamin Coltharp, 8-6; Solomon lost to Troy Lawson, 8-2; Fulton was defeated by Andrew Glashen, 8-1; Jake Riddings defeated Jensen Smith, 8-6; George topped Brandon Weston, 8-5; and Rueda handled Kurry Mertens, 8-4.

In doubles action, Gilliam and Riddings fell to Coltharp and Glashen, 8-1. Solomon and Fulton were defeated by Lawson and Smith, 8-3, and George and Rueda were topped by Weston and Mertens, 8-1. The tennis Cubs will be at home next Tuesday against Clever. Matches are slated to start at 4:30 p.m.

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