The Rolla tennis team hosted Camdenton for Senior Night on Tuesday, April 23. The Bulldogs were able to get the shutout 8-0 to improve their record to 7-3.
Rolla's closest match of the night was one of the first, as Joel Schott and Micah Martin had their hands full at number one doubles. They were able to beat Rocky Jennings and Noah Morgan 9-8 thanks to a 7-0 victory in a tiebreaker. Ethan Wang and Josiah Homan beat Reese Esqueda 8-4 at number two doubles, while Jacob Lenox and Owen Akins beat Blake Rutger and Coleman Darrall 8-2 at number three.
The Bulldogs then swept their way through singles play. Schott took down Jennings 8-3, following by Martin beating Morgan 8-0. Wang beat Esqueda 8-4, before Homan had the closest singles match at number four, where he beat Risney 8-4. Akins won 8-0 at number five, before an 802 victory by Lenox sealed the shutout for Rolla.
Rolla was able to pull off the sweep despite playing without their number one player, Pranal Madria. Despite missing a captain, Rolla was able to have the perfect send off for their seniors.
"This is a fantastic and diversely talented bunch of seniors," said head coach Joe Schisler. "Pranal is 6-2 in singles and just really gives a us chance to win every night at number one. Jacob Lenox is our number seven, but is an impact players at three doubles where he is undefeated this season I think. Tobenna Orizu is new to tennis but is really an inspiration in how he has learned and the competitive spirit he brings to matches and our challenge system. I also have to mention Olivia Burken who manages and helps keep everyone relaxed and positive."
As for the match, coach Schisler liked seeing his team step up without Madria.
"Tonight was another case of our kids stepping up and playing strong," said the Rolla head coach. "This is a competitive Camdenton team."
The Bulldogs have two regular season matches left, as they followed Senior Night with a trip to Jeff City on Wednesday. Results from that match were not available at press time. They will then travel to Helias pending the weather on Thursday, before the Ozark Conference Tournament on Tuesday, April 30.