Friday, August 24, 2012

Jimtown Preview

Details: Saturday, 9:00 AM at Bethany Christian High School

Last Season Review:  We defeated Jimtown 4-1 during the season and 3-2 in the Sectional. You can find those match stories by clicking on either score.

3 Interesting Facts:
#1 - This is the first time since Matt started coaching that we don't face the Jimmies in the Concord Invite.
#2 - Last year, Abe Thorne and Evan Grimes had one of the closest matches in Bethany history against the Jimmies. They won 6-7, 7-6, (16-14) in a third set tiebreak. The only other match to have as many tiebreaks is when Kyle Miller and Matt Ebersole defeated Bremen 6-7, 7-6, 7-6
#3 - With this being the 20th anniversary of Bethany Christian tennis, the history of the BC v. Jimtown match-up is interesting. We were beaten the first 16 (!) times we played the Jimmies, but now have won the last 5 meetings.

Jimtown Details: The Jimmies are 2-1 on the season, with wins over NorthWood and Bremen and a loss to Elkhart Memorial. The Memorial and Bremen matches were both 3-2, with one going for and one against Jimtown. In the Memorial match, all 3 singles lost while in the Bremen match, 2 of the 3 won.

Bethany Christian Details: We've really begun to get into a groove with how we're playing. Now, besides a good rhythm, we need to get better. But the last two matches have been great, being able to snag two wins against solid teams. We're now 2-3 and would love to move back to .500 on the season.

Projected Jimtown Lineup:
Individual Records in Parenthesis
#1S - Austin Ward (2-1)
#2S - Jake Ward (2-1)
#3S - Jacob Gongwer (2-1)
#1D - Brett Aller/Cole Peterson (3-0)
#2D - Augie Farwig/Michael Hobbs (2-1)

Outlook: Similar to every match we've had this year, this team is going to be good. Returning every player from last year will do that for you. We've got to be on top of our game in this match, relaxed and playing with focus. Errors will hurt us, timidity will hurt us... so we'll just have to play with the opposite: smaggressive tennis. I'd guess this will be a 3-2 match one way or the other, and we're going to have to play under pressure to pull it out. Let's hope we perform like we did against Fremont, continually improving, continually learning. 

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