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WCHS tennis falls to Wilson Central

Mitchell Caten and the Pioneers took a tough loss against Wilson Central.

Monday will be a day the WCHS tennis teams will be looking to forget quickly. The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers both lost to visiting Wilson Central 9-0, the first time WCHS went through a combo boys and girls match without a set win this season.

Warren County was only able to take more than four games in just one match. Elizabeth Templos battled hard in her No. 4 singles match, falling to Kendra Clayton 8-6. In four other Lady Pioneer singles matches, Warren County lost 8-0. No. 1 singles player Elena Rowland lost 8-1 to Wilson Central's Anindita Das.

In doubles, Caroline Stewart and Templos lost 8-3 in No. 2 doubles. The duo won the first game on a ripped forehand by Stewart down the line, but the Lady Pioneers weren't able to hold their early advantage. Kali Foster and Karigan Stewart also fell 8-3 in No. 3 doubles.

On the boys side, coach David Dunlap shook up his lineup in doubles. Alessandro Prando and Ben Campos, the No. 1 doubles team all season, were split up. Neither had much luck with their new teammates, falling 8-1 in doubles. Prando played with Easton West, while Campos joined Mitchell Caten.

The move to split up the top team was to work on the upcoming District 6AAA individual tournament. Schools can submit two individuals and two doubles teams, but an individual player can't play doubles. Prando elected to play singles in the individual tournament - set for Wednesday, May 5 - while Campos wanted to team with Caten in doubles.

Colin Riley and Wilder Higgins didn't have much luck in No. 3 doubles, also falling 8-1.

In singles, Prando was able to take two games from Wilson Central's Nick Mercante, but went down for just the second time individually all season. Riley was the only other Pioneer to take two games in his set, falling 8-2 to Sean Brown in No. 3 singles.

Warren County will get a chance to bounce back quick. The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers will take part in a local rivalry match Tuesday when they face Covenant at Milner Recreation Center. Action will start at 3:30 p.m.

Editor's Note: Tuesday's match between Warren County and Covenant will be broadcast on WCS-TV and Warren County Sports Authority editor-in-chief Jeffery Simmons will be doing the play-by-play.

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