The Notre Dame and Portsmouth tennis teams took advantage of a beautiful spring day and seized the opportunity to squeeze in a non-league tennis match Saturday morning at Mound Park.
Portsmouth defeated the Titans 4-1 by way of winning all three singles matches and claiming a third set tiebreaker in the No. 2 doubles match.
Three of the five matches had at least one set that was decided by a tiebreaker.
The singles match of the day pitted Portsmouth’s Tom Khoury against Notre Dame’s Erin Harris.
Khoury held a slim advantage over Harris for most of the first set until Harris battled back in a tiebteaker.
Khoury regained his advantage and was able to take the tiebreaker to win the first set. Khoury used the momentum he gained in the tiebreaker to jump out to a three games to none lead over Harris in the second set. Harris battled back winning the next two games to close on Khoury. But Khoury kept his composure and took the second set 6-3 to win the match.
“Erin Harris played awesome against Tom Khoury,” Notre Dame coach Maddie Rutman said.
The doubles match of the day was the No. 2 doubles. Notre Dame’s tandem of Jacob Taylor and Deamon Song were doing battle with Portsmouth’s pair of Jalen Kennedy and Robbie Shugert.
After falling in the opening set, the duo from Portsmouth fought back and took the second set to send the match into a third set. The teams battled in the third set to a tiebreaker and Kennedy and Shugert were able to take the tiebreaker to pull out the match for the Trojans.
Portsmouth’s Sarah Clayton took the No. 1 singles match over Cam Stevenson of Notre Dame 6-3, 6-0.
Portsmouth coach Chris Cole seemed to not be surprised with Clayton’s effort.
“Sarah Clayton played well as always,” Cole said. “It was the first time she has played in the No. 1 slot. Sarah has only been beat once and it was a tough match against Chillicothe.”
The No. 3 singles match also went the way of the Trojans with Tanner Hatcher defeated Patrick Welsh in straight sets 6-0, 6-1.
“It was the first time Tanner has ever gotten to play singles,” Cole said. “He stepped up and did a good job.”
The No. 1 doubles match swung in favor of the duo from Notre Dame. Zachary Lewis and Matt Saab battled through a tough first match and a second set tiebreaker before dispatching Nick Nelson and Cody Minton 6-4, 7-6.
“I’m impressed with the way everyone played,” Rutman said. “No. 1 doubles, after a tough match yesterday, came back, played well and they ended up winning.”
Portsmouth travels to Gallipolis on Monday as Notre Dame travels to Clay.
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No. 1 singles — Sarah Clatyon (P) def. Cam Stevenson (ND) 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 singles — Tom Khoury (P) def. Erin Harris (ND) 7-6, 6-3
No. 3 singles — Tanner Hatcher (P) def. Patrick Welsh 6-0. 6-1
No. 1 doubles — Zachary Lewis/Matt Saab (ND) def. Nick Nelson/Cody Minton (P) 6-4, 7-6
No. 2 doubles — Jalen Kennedy/Robbie Shugert (P) def. Jacob Taylor/Daemon Song (ND) 2-6, 6-1 7-6.