The Grand Island Central Catholic boys tennis team didn’t let the heat get to them.
The Crusaders battled all dual long in the mid-90 heat and came through in a 9-0 victory over Kearney Catholic Thursday at Ryder Park.
GICC coach James Lowry said it was a hot day but didn’t think that affected the Crusaders in their matches.
"I didn’t have one kid tell me of how hot it was. They came out and competed very well for us," Lowry said. "It’s a good win to start the year. Nobody got too up or too down on themselves. They just continued to compete and that’s what I want to see. Kearney Catholic has some nice players and they got us a little bit but they persevered."
The Crusaders swept through the doubles matches. The closest match came at No. 2 doubles as Noah Bernal and Jordan Fay posted an 8-6 victory over John Stuart and Noah Huddleston.
GICC went through and did the same thing in the singles’ matches. Bernal had the closest match at No. 6 singles, posting an 8-5 win over Tyson Antillon. The freshman won the final three games to take the match.
Lowry said he thought Bernal did a great job in his first varsity action.
"He was a little bit nervous but that’s OK," Lowry said. "He came through with a win for us."
However, if it being the first meet of the season, Lowry said first-meet jitters were shown by all the players in the dual with the Stars.
"There were some jitters out there and the kids were nervous," Lowry said. "A couple of them told me they were. They just need to be reminded everyday of how hard they work everyday and that’s just a match. It’s not our goal for the year and we are just trying to get better."
The Crusaders battles Lincoln Christian at 4 p.m. Friday at Ryder Park, and will conclude the weekend with their home invite at 9 a.m. Saturday. Lowry said GICC needs to be ready.
"Lincoln Christian is a great team that beat us last year," Lowry said. "All these kids know each other and know what’s going on. We have matches tomorrow and on Saturday and that’s good. We can build on from today a little bit."
Grand Island CC 9, Kearney Catholic 0
No. 1 — Quinten Harshbarger, GICC, def. Alex Cantrel, KC, 8-3.
No. 2 — Ryan Vitera, GICC, def. Robert Messbarger, KC, 8-3.
No. 3 — Dylan Nordhues, GICC, def. John Stuart, KC, 8-2.
No. 4 — John Rohweder, GICC, def. Noah Huddleston, KC, 8-3.
No. 5 — Jordan Fay, GICC, def. Adam Keating, KC, 8-4.
No. 6 — Noahn Bernal, GICC, def. Tyson Antillon, KC, 8-5.
No. 1 — Nordhues/Rohweder, GICC, def. Cantrel/Messbarger, KC, 8-1.
No. 2 — Fay/Bernal, GICC, def. Stuart/Huddleston, KC, 8-6.
No. 3 — Harshbarger/Vitera, GICC, def. Chance Shoemaker/Jadon Rodehorst, KC, 8-0.