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home : sports : sports June 28, 2016

4/5/2013 11:33:00 AM
Robinson boys' tennis team drops five of six matches recently
JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor

The results weren't all that positive, but hopefully the experience will be for Robinson High School's boys' tennis team.

Robinson dropped five of six matches recently against stiff competition after competing in the Edwardsville Invitational over the weekend and facing Effingham in their home opener Monday.

At Edwardsville, Robinson went 1-4 in five matches during the two-day event.

"This was a tough tournament," RHS head coach Tom Buchanan said. "Of the 32 teams, 11 were in the top 25 teams in the state last year and team that won the tournament is the 15 time state champion from Kentucky.

We knew we were going to be overpowered by most of the teams. We are young and very inexperienced. We just wanted to use the weekend to get much needed match play for our freshmen and to see where we stand in our singles play."

Despite only winning one match as a team, Robinson had at least one win in each match and each member of the team was a part of at least one win during the tournament.

Brennan Buchanan posted a 3-2 record while playing exclusively at No. 1 singles, while Nick Sandschafer was 2-0 and No. 2. Dylan White won his only singles match at No. 2, while Curtis White went 1-1 at No. 2.

In doubles play, Dylan and Curtis White, Tom Goodman and Conner Weber and Duncan Fiscus and James Hillard all teamed up for one win apiece, with all of those victories coming in Robinson's 5-0 win over Collinsville.

"We still have a lot of work to do to become competitive at a couple of positions, but I was impressed that we picked up at least one win in each of our matches," Buchanan said.

Against Effingham Monday, Robinson dropped an 8-1 decision.

Buchanan picked up the only win, defeating Aaron Meyers in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Three matches did go three sets, as Curtis White lost in three at No. 2 singles, as did Buchanan and Curtis White at No. 1 doubles and Dylan White and Sandschafer at No. 2 doubles.

"This was a much better match and a much closer match than the final score," Buchanan said. "We are starting to buy in on playing consistent tennis. Effingham is a very solid team from 1-6 and we were very close to coming out of singles play split 3-3.

"Brennan did a great job playing solid defense and improving his offense," Buchanan added. "Curtis got down early and battled back to force two tiebreakers and Dylan fought back to force a second set tiebreaker. No. 1 and 2 doubles were very close, each losing in a third set tiebreaker. We forced six tiebreakers during the match, but only came away winning two. I was very pleased in how we played today and it showed signs of improvement in every position."

Robinson (1-6) will play host to Casey-Westfield Monday at 4:30 p.m.



At Edwardsville Invitational

Friday

Team scores - Normal Community 4, Robinson 1.

Singles - Brennan Buchanan (R) lost to Penneerselvam (NC) 1-6, 6-4, 5-10; Curtis White (R) def. Tilford (NC) 7-5, 1-6, 11-9.

Doubles - Dylan White-Nick Sandschafer (R) lost to Buechele-Lam (NC) 6-0, 6-1; Tom Goodman-Conner Weber (R) lost to Lenz-Nerendram (NC) 6-0, 6-0; Duncan Fiscus-James Hillard (R) lost to Wadia-Heinold (NC) 6-0, 6-2.



Team scores - Naperville Central 4, Robinson 1.

Singles - Brennan Buchanan (R) def. Brooksher (NC) 6-0, 4-6, 10-4; Curtis White (R) lost to Glas (NC) 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles - Dylan White-Nick Sandschafer (R) lost to Chandra-Natesh (NC) 6-0, 6-1; Tom Goodman-Conner Weber (R) lost to Na-Saigal (NC) 6-2, 6-0; Duncan Fiscus-James Hillard (R) lost to Tang-Mechta (NC) 6-0, 6-0.



Saturday

Team scores - Danville 4, Robinson 1.

Singles - Brennan Buchanan (R) lost to Ellis (D) 6-3, 6-3; Dylan White (R) def. Mallardy (D) 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles - Nick Sandschafer-Curtis White (R) lost to Bush-Lichtenberger (D) 2-6, 7-5, 4-10; Tom Goodman-Conner Weber (R) lost to Crandell-Dermen (D) 6-3, 6-0; Duncan Fiscus-James Hillard (R) lost to Cunningham-Abdur-Rahim (D) 6-1, 6-1.



Team scores - Flora 3, Robinson 2.

Singles - Brennan Buchanan (R) def. Shehorn (F) 6-0, 6-1; Nick Sandschafer (R) def. Raley (F) 7-5, 6-0.

Doubles - Dylan White-Curtis White (R) lost to Gocey-Beckham (F) 7-6, 6-4; Tom Goodman-Conner Weber (R) lost to Pieplow-Miner (F) 6-0, 6-0; Duncan Fiscus-James Hillard (R) lost to Li-Syntrup (F) 6-1, 6-1.



Team scores - Robinson 5, Collinsville 0.

Singles - Brennan Buchanan (R) def. Bohle (C) 6-0, 6-1; Nick Sandschafer (R) def. Cluph (C) 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles - Dylan White-Curtis White (R) def. Phetsadasak-Geiger (C) 6-0, 6-2; Tom Goodman-Conner Weber (R) def. Ledford-Miller (C) 6-3, 6-0; Duncan Fiscus-James Hillard (R) won by default.



At Robinson

Monday

Team scores - Effingham 8, Robinson 1.

Singles - Brennan Buchanan (R) def. Aaron Meyers (E) 6-2, 6-3; Curtis White (R) lost to Isaac Foreman (E) 2-6, 7-6, 4-10; Nick Sandschafer (R) lost to Jared Minor (E) 6-3, 6-4; Dylan White (R) lost to Jake Heuerman (E) 6-4, 7-6; Conner Weber (R) lost to Parth Naheshwari (E) 6-2, 6-0; Tom Goodman (R) lost to Wyatt Wohltman (E) 6-0, 6-2.

Doubles - Buchanan-C. White (R) lost to Foreman-J. Wohltman (E) 6-3, 5-7, 1-10; D. White-Sandschafer (R) lost to Minor-W. Wohltman (E) 7-6, 3-6, 8-10; Goodman-Weber (R) lost to Heuerman-Maheshwari (E) 6-1, 6-1.

Junior Varsity - Jacob Britton (R) lost to Avery (E) 6-2, 6-1; Duncan Fiscus-James Hillard (R) lost to Gadberry-Keitel (E) 6-1, 6-3.

Next match - Robinson (1-6) will play host to Casey-Westfield Monday at 4:30 p.m.





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