Holly — COVID-19 does pose a few issues when it comes to the Holly varsity boys tennis season.
“For one, we have to wear a mask when we get off the court,” senior Garrett Reid said. “We have to try to stay away from each other and that’s kind of a bummer because we all want to talk to each other. ... But one nice thing is we don’t have to wear a mask when we are playing anymore. It’s great that we have that freedom to be able to take off our mask when we are playing.”
Whatever the issues may be during a meet, they don’t seem to be stopping the Bronchos. Holly improved to 3-0 in Metro League action on Thursday, defeating Owosso by an easy 8-0 score.
“I feel like we are doing pretty good,” senior Joe Kittle said. “It’s a little weird having to wear masks and almost having to wear them while playing, but I think we are doing well.
“I like this team because I think a lot of kids have potential over the next couple of years. I am good buddies with everyone on the team. It’s a pretty good team. I love it.”
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Life was pretty good on Thursday. The Bronchos not only won the meet with Owosso 8-0, but Holly also won seven of the matches in straight sets.
Two flights came close to winning their match with a perfect score. Instead, the No. 1 doubles team of Reid and Drew Hignite won 6-0, 6-1 as did the No. 3 doubles team of Jake Ditsel and Miles Syjud.
Two flights earned 6-1, 6-1 wins. They were Kittle at No. 3 singles while the No. 4 doubles team of Alex Hepner and Ethan Tillier did the same.
The rest of the matches were a bit more competitive. No. 1 singles player Walker Glass won 6-0, 7-5 while Joe Loeffler won at No. 4 singles by a 6-3, 6-3 score. The No. 2 doubles team of Parker Monty and Quintin Monty won 6-2, 6-4.
The closest match of the varsity event was at No. 2 singles where Holly’s Jacob Denman defeated Owosso’s Jay Tuttle in three sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
The squad is pretty excited about its potential in Metro competition.
“I’m hoping to beat Flushing this year,” Reid said. “We lost to them in regionals last year and I think we are looking good this year. I think we are looking good in the Flint Metro League.”
Holly returns to Metro League action on Tuesday when the Bronchos travel to Goodrich. Holly also travels to Flushing on Thursday.