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Meyers dominance helps Eagles crush Oak Harbor
ARLINGTON Playing his finest tennis of the season, a determined Garrett Meyer crushed Oak Harbors Tyler Abrahamse 6-2, 6-1 to set the tone for Arlingtons 5-2 team victory Sept. 26.
Everything was working for Meyer during the match. He hit a number of aces during his service games, hit for power from the baseline and got to the net with ease to put away volleys. Meyer led 5-0 in the first set before he conceded two sloppy games, then polished Abrahamse off with an impressive display of overhead smashes.
After the match Meyer felt good about his performance.
He liked to lob shots at me, said Meyer. It set me up for a number of easy overheads.
In the second set Meyer wasted no time jumping out to a 3-0 lead, continuing to attack the net. Abrahamse relied on a methodical game, failing to put much spin or force behind his shots. Meyer capitalized on his opponents conservative game plan, following his forehand drives to the net and ending points early.
Meyer was not the only Eagle to have a terrific day on the court. The first doubles tandem of Max Morin and Will Heath, fresh off being named Athletes of the Week by the Herald, disposed easily of another opponent 6-1, 7-5. Heath and Morin have an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time, surprising even themselves occasionally. The pair actually rallied from a 4-5 deficit in the second set, telling Coach Ben Mendro in between games that there would be no problem, they were right where they wanted to be.
Will and Max continue to impress me, said Mendro, they gutted out that second set.
Second doubles also won for Arlington with the new tandem of Josh Cobb and Collin Johnson. Cobbs accurate serving and consistent forehand coupled with Johnsons power from the baseline made for a good pairing as they cruised past Chris Bragg and Josh Whitley 6-2, 6-2.
We just started playing as a team yesterday, said Johnson after the match. I think our styles of play worked well together.
Third doubles pair Ari Fernando and Nick Morin went on a 12-game winning streak after trailing their first set 0-3. They won easily 6-3, 6-0.
Josh McElroy also won handily at fourth singles 6-3, 6-1. The play of the Eagles marked an amazing turnabout following Oak Harbors 6-1 victory in the two teams first match of the season. Arlington has improved in nearly every area under Coach Mendro.
Im incredibly pleased with our performance today, said Mendro. Garrett played a heck of a match. Thats the kind of tennis hes capable of; he was consistent with no let-down. Right on down the line the guys played well today.